Cholera worsens in Zimbabwe

GENEVA (AP) -- Humanitarian groups are scrambling to get a grip on Zimbabwe's cholera problem, which has killed more than 400 people amid the country's political turmoil.

A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization says water and sanitation problems in Zimbabwe "are huge." Some humanitarian organizations are feeding unpaid hospital employees so they won't leave to look for food.

Zimbabwe is suffering from three years of failed agricultural harvests, hyperinflation, and sanctions. The government is at a standstill while President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai try to agree on a power-sharing deal.

Some 9,900 cholera cases have been reported so far in Zimbabwe. The World Health Organization says the disease can be easily prevented and treated if properly handled.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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