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WHO Supporting Cholera Vaccination Of 1M People In Zambia; Government Closes Passport Office, Bans Street Vending To Counter Outbreak

Associated Press: Zambia to vaccinate 1 million against cholera amid outbreak
“Zambia is set to vaccinate one million people in its capital against cholera as a deadly outbreak grows. The World Health Organization says doses of the cholera vaccine have been delivered to the impoverished southern African nation as fears spread in Lusaka…” (1/11).

Reuters: Zambia closes main passport offices to curb cholera spread
“Zambia has closed its main passport offices in the capital, a hub which is always thronged with people, as part of measures to curb the spread of cholera which is sweeping the country, the government said. Street vending and public gatherings have also been banned in Lusaka to counter the disease, which has killed 67 people since September, 62 of them in the capital alone…” (Mfula, 1/10).

Xinhua News: Zambia records 95 new cholera cases
“Zambia has recorded 95 new cholera cases in the last 24 hours, with Lusaka, the country’s capital recording 83 of the cases, health authorities said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said Lusaka recorded 83 new cases while 12 other cases were recorded in other parts of the country, bringing the cumulative figures since the outbreak of the disease in October last year to 2,905…” (1/10).

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