Zambia's Cholera Fight

Zambia stepped up its fight against its worst cholera outbreak in years with a campaign to vaccinate Lusaka residents, the WHO reports.

The country received enough doses of the oral cholera vaccine from the Gavi-funded global stockpile to immunize 1 million people. Zambia’s Ministry of Health has reported a total of 2,672 cases since October and dozens of deaths so far, spurring a round of measures including banning all public gatherings, closing schools until the end of January, and a curfew.

Zambia’s economy is taking a hit as a result, as RFI details. Yesterday, the government shuttered Lusaka’s crowded passport offices, and Namibia banned perishable food imports from Zambia, according to Reuters.

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