Cholera broke out in Lusaka, the country’s capital early last month with one death recorded so far but has since spread to a neighboring town, Chibombo.
Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde told reporters during an update briefing that cholera cases have shot up to 48 in Lusaka while 14 are from the neighboring town.
He however said the ministry has put its surveillance system on high alert resulting in early detection of the presence of the disease while health education has also been intensified.
The ministry has also suspended the sale of foodstuffs in public places. Tests proved that most of the foodstuffs sold in open trading areas were contaminated with the cholera bacteria.
Tests conducted on some food samples by the Food and DRUGS control laboratory established that there was a presence of faecal coliform and vibro cholera in foods such as goat meat, Hungarian sausages, fresh fish and fritters.
Members of the public have since been warned against buying foods on the street. Enditem