As World Health Organization experts
prepared Friday to help South Africa combat a cholera epidemic,
local health officials reported a case of the disease in a fourth
Officials fear the disease could spread from the stricken
Kwa-Zulu Natal Province through South Africa as migrant workers
return to work in other parts of the country after the holiday
The outbreak in Kwa-Zulu Natal killed another person Friday,
bringing the death toll since the epidemic began in August to 58. A
total of 14,512 cases have been reported in the province.
Cornelius Monama, health spokesman for the North West Province,
confirmed a man returning from Swaziland was admitted to a hospital
outside Klerksdorp with cholera.
Swaziland has also suffered a cholera outbreak that has killed
six people. That outbreak is believed to have stemmed from the
Earlier in the week, cholera was detected in the South African
provinces of Mpumalanga and Gauteng, which includes the city of
The WHO announced Friday it had sent two infectious disease
specialists to South Africa to provide expertise in fighting the
disease. The specialists were scheduled to arrive Saturday.
Health experts blame the outbreak on millions of South Africans'
lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.