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Back To Vidyya Cholera Epidemic Kills 50 In Mozambique

2,400 People Hospitalized

The cholera epidemic which began sweeping Mozambique late last month has killed more than 50 people and hospitalized about 2,400, Mozambican press Monday quoted health officials as saying.

Hospitals in southern part of the capital Maputo were admitting 40 to 50 cholera patients every day, said some reports.

Health Minister Francisco Songane described the epidemic, the second since 1998 when more than 100 died, as "worrying", urging people in a radio broadcast to take special hygiene precautions.

The cholera outbreak, which authorities said might have started in neighboring South Africa, has also hit the southern province of Gaza, central province of Manica and Niassa Province in the North.

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