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The World in Medicine
January 21, 2009

Cholera in Zimbabwe

JAMA. 2009;301(3):263. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.961

As the death toll from Zimbabwe's worst-ever cholera outbreak approached 1000 in mid-December, the medical aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) said the outbreak could last for months (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=3223).

As of December 15, the number of suspected cholera cases in Zimbabwe was 18 413, with 978 deaths, according to the United Nations (UN). Just days earlier UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sharply disputed remarks by Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, that the outbreak was under control. UN agencies were appealing for nearly $24 million to bring the epidemic under control.

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