DIARRHEA OUTBREAK KILLS 30 IN SOUTH AFRICA

12 Jul 2013 11:19
CAPE TOWN, July 9 (Bernama) -- A diarrhea outbreak has claimed at least 30 lives in South Africa, Xinhua news agency reported. The deaths were reported between May and June in Ethekwini city and KwaZulu-Natal Province, the Ethekwini Communicable Disease Service Department said. The city's Prince Mshiyeni Hospital recorded a total of 22 deaths. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the epidemic. The South African Broadcasting Corporation said tests have found a virus that causes severe diarrhea but has not been identified. Ethekwini Communicable Disease Service Department head Ayo Olowolagba urged the public to take precautionary measures such as ensuring personal and environmental hygiene. --BERNAMA EE