THE United States government has warned its citizens over Zambia’s cholera outbreak, urging them to follow the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hygiene practices.

According to a posting on the US Embassy website, the American citizens have been advised to drink only bottled, boiled or chemically treated water and to avoid buying fruits and vegetables from the streets and market stalls.

“The US Embassy in Lusaka informs US citizens that there is an on-going outbreak of cholera that has affected parts of Zambia…the outbreak has primarily occurred in densely-populated areas of Lusaka including Chipata, Kanyama, Chawama, Bauleni, Matero, Chilenje, and Chelston. However, a few cases have been identified in other parts of the country. This is a reminder to follow CDC recommendations on healthy hygiene practices, and consumption of safe food and water,” the US government stated.

The US advised its citizens to wash their hands often with soap and clean water.

“Drink only bottled, boiled, or chemically treated water, clean fruits and vegetables carefully, do not buy fruits and vegetables from roadside or market stalls and stay hydrated,” the US stated.

The US government further advised its citizens to follow the CDC’s Travellers Health Website that contained information on cholera and other diseases of concern.
“For further information: See the State Departments travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories and the Zambia Country Specific information,” stated the US government.

The cholera outbreak has claimed 70 lives so far and affected over 3,000 people, according to the Ministry of Health data released on Friday.

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