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[WATCH] How does cholera spread?

  • South Africa has its first cholera outbreak since 2009. On Sunday, the Gauteng health department announced that the outbreak has now also spread to Hammanskraal near Tshwane, with 19 new confirmed cholera cases and 10 deaths. The national health department says seven more cases have also been confirmed in the Free State. Prior to the Gauteng health department’s announcement, the national health department said the national tally of cases stood at 22, but, with the additional cases, that number is now likely well over 30.
  • The country’s outbreak started in February after the cholera bug recently travelled to South Africa via people who got infected in Malawi.

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Dylan Bush was a health journalist at Bhekisisa from February 2016 to September 2023.

Jesse Copelyn was a health journalist at Bhekisisa between 2022 and 2023.