Zimbabwe declares cholera outbreak after 20 deaths
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A cholera emergency has been declared in Zimbabwe's capital after 20 people have died, the health minister said Tuesday.
The deaths in Harare have many fearing a repeat of the outbreak that killed thousands at the height of the southern African country's economic problems in 2008. Water and sanitation infrastructure is collapsing.
While touring a hospital, Health Minister Obadiah Moyo told reporters this outbreak is spreading to other parts of the country.
Aid group projects 48,000 births in crowded Rohingya camps
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An aid agency projects 48,000 babies will be born this year in the refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh after military operations against them in Myanmar.
The babies will probably be born in tents in unsanitary conditions and will be at increased risk of disease and malnutrition, and of dying before age 5, Save the Children warned in its report Friday.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Poor sanitation and water conditions that contributed to an outbreak of Zika persist in Brazil and leave the country vulnerable to a resurgence of the virus, a rights group said Thursday.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A rights group says poor sanitation and water conditions that contributed to an outbreak of Zika persist in Brazil and leave the country vulnerable to a resurgence of the virus.
Brazil declared an end to the public health emergency over the mosquito-borne disease in May, 18 months after a surge in cases.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan health official says the government has issued an alert over a cholera outbreak in the capital after five cases of the disease were confirmed and three other suspected cases were being investigated.
Nairobi County Health Executive Bernard Muia said Thursday the disease came from travelers from the town of Vihiga in western Kenya who were in Nairobi for a wedding.
One local group is working to raise money and awareness about how to help eradicate polio in the world.
Rotary International has been working for three decades to help end polio. When they began, 250,000 children were afflicted each year. Many of these children were from lower-income countries with poor sanitation and limited access to clean water. Both vectors contributed to the spread of the disease.