Zimbabwe doctors blame govt for cholera epidemic

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- A group of doctors in Zimbabwe says President Robert Mugabe's government is to blame for a cholera epidemic sweeping the country.

The Zimbabwean Association of Doctors for Human Rights also says the government is dramatically underreporting the spread of the infectious disease.

About 160 people have died of cholera in Zimbabwe in recent weeks, independent groups say.

A lack of clean water and poorly maintained sewage systems have allowed the waterborne disease to thrive, and many hospitals have been forced to close because of a shortage of drugs.

Comment from Zimbabwean authorities was not immediately available Wednesday.

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