With more than 1 000 new cases of cholera reported in a single day in Zimbabwe, the United Nations has said that the outbreak of the disease has flared up once again. (photo, from sciam.com)
Although the outbreak had recently shown signs of slowing it is now once again on the rise, said the World Health Organisation.
On Tuesday, 1 080 new infections were reported, with 21 people dying.
Since August last year, when the cholera outbreak began, more than 1 700 people have died, with about 35 000 infections across the country.
The collapse of Zimbabwe’s health and sanitation infrastructure has been blamed for the rapid spread of the waterborne disease.
According to human rights groups, the refusal of Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, to acknowledge the extent of the problem has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis.
Last month, Mr Mugabe said the cholera outbreak was being used as an excuse by Western powers to invade Zimbabwe and overthrow him.