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Zambia declares curfew in Lusaka slum struck by cholera
LUSAKA, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Zambia has declared a curfew in a
poor Lusaka township badly affected by a cholera outbreak that
has killed 58 people across the country since September, the
government said on Sunday.
The curfew in Kanyama, a densely populated slum of
iron-roofed shacks and winding dirt tracks, begins on Sunday and
will run from between 1800 and 0600, Health Minister Chitalu
Chilufya told reporters. The township has a population of
Street vending and public gatherings have been banned in
Lusaka to prevent the spread of cholera but the residents of
Kanyama have been defying this order in the evenings after
soldiers deployed to clean the streets have left.
"Kanyama has recorded the highest number of fatalities
because of the poor compliance with interventions that have been
put in place," Chilufya said.
The cholera outbreak was initially linked to contaminated
water from shallow wells, but investigations indicated that
contaminated food was the main culprit.
Zambia last week shut three of South African retailer
Shoprite's Hungry Lion fast-food restaurants after
their food tested positive for the bacterium that causes
Hungry Lion said on Saturday that the restaurants had been
closed for disinfection and it hoped that the government would
soon allow them to reopen.
President Edgar Lungu on Dec. 30 directed the military to
help to fight the spread of the waterborne disease.
Cholera causes acute watery diarrhea. It can be treated with
oral hydration solutions and antibiotics but spreads rapidly and
can kill within hours if not treated.
(Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Joe Brock and David
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