Cholera has killed 45 people in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar over the past two months, regional health officials said on Thursday.
Director of disease prevention and control at the Health Ministry of the semi-autonomous archipelago, Eddy Dahoma, said over 3,000 people have been infected since the epidemic started in September.
According to the government, the disease is believed to have come in from the Tanzanian mainland, where it has killed more than 300 people since August.
Dahoma said that rains had contributed to the waterborne disease spreading across most of the archipelago.
“The epidemic however is now losing ground in Zanzibar as well as the mainland.
“The number of patients has been decreasing, as many people have been taking precautions after our awareness campaigns’’, Dahoma said.
Report says Zanzibar, which has 1.3 million residents, is a popular tourist destination.
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food and it causes diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death.