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30 November 2011

Cholera: Killing the world's children

In 2010, 317 534 cholera cases were reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Globally, the number of cholera cases reported continues to rise. While South Africa has an increase in cholera cases, Haiti is the worst country affected.

People in Luvuvhu near Hasani-Malamulele area in Limpopo are claiming that the river that they use is infested with cholera.

The community who are using river water for drinking and washing their clothes are pleading with the department of Health to visit the river for inspection.

In Haiti, more people died of cholera last year than in any other part of the world, and the disease is likely to become the leading killer of children under five in Haiti.

Cholera has sickened more than 450,000 people in the nation of 10 million, or nearly 5 percent of the population, and killed more than 6,000 people.

- The Sowetan