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.