May 28. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The South African Ministry of Health has raised to 23 the number of confirmed deaths from the cholera outbreak detected for the first time in February north of the country’s administrative capital, Pretoria, according to the latest official balance.
The health authorities of the African country have so far confirmed a total of 48 cases but admit 78 hospitalized for “gastrointestinal infection”, one of the clearest symptoms of the disease, and a total of 229 hospitalized since the outbreak of the outbreak that have been distributed in three medical centers: the Jubilee district hospital and the George Mukhari and Steve Biko university hospitals, according to the latest balance released this Saturday.
The South African government has begun this week a new round of analysis of the waters of the two most affected states, Gauteng and the Free State, which has ended without finding any contaminants.
“There is no evidence that cholera bacteria have been found in these sources, leading to confidence that this outbreak has been an isolated event and that current cases are the result of secondary or tertiary contamination,” de According to the statement, collected by the official agency of the South African Government.
However, the African country’s Minister for Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, met this Friday with the president of the Tshwane municipality, Cilliers Brink, whose town of Hammanskraal is considered the epicenter of the outbreak, to reform the sewage treatment plant Rooiwal, considered a possible danger for future outbreaks.