Lusaka records first Cholera outbreak, as Health Ministry moves to contain situation


A new case of cholera has been recorded in Lusaka District, prompting immediate efforts to control the outbreak.

Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo, said cholera, a highly contagious and potentially deadly waterborne disease, required prompt attention and swift action to safeguard the community.

She said that the disease tends to manifest when heavy rainfall converges with potential water source contamination, creating a heightened risk.

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“Cholera outbreaks in Zambia typically occur from October to June of the following year.” Masebo said.

She noted that Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces, as well as the fishing camps and districts in Northern, Luapula, Southern, and Central provinces, have historically been major cholera hotspots for Zambia.

On October 15, 2023, the Ministry of Health confirmed its first cholera case in Kanyama Compound, Lusaka District.

The affected individual was a 21-year-old female who presented at Kanyama Hospital on October 14 with acute watery diarrhea and vomiting.

Masebo revealed that the Ministry effectively managed cholera outbreaks in Eastern, Northern, and Luapula Provinces since January 2023.

The Minister assured the general public that healthcare teams were actively working to contain the spread, provide immediate medical care, and implement preventive measures.

Contributed by Emmanuel Lungu

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