Cholera outbreak in Zambia By MICHAEL CHAWE in Lusaka | Thursday, January 3  2013 at  15:19

Cholera is caused by poor sanitation and contaminated water. photo | BBC |  

Three people have died in northern Zambia following a fresh cholera outbreak, health officials said on Thursday.

At least 67 cases of the water borne disease have been recorded since Monday.

The disease has become a challenge to the southern African nation during rainy seasons.

Health minister Joseph Kasonde told Africa Review that two people died while undergoing treatment while another one was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

"Nchelenge district has recorded a cumulative total of fourty cholera cases while Mwense has twenty-seven,"Dr Kasonde said.

Both districts are located about 700 kilometres from the capital Lusaka in the Luapula Province which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Seven cholera cases have also been reported in Mpulungu town in Northern Province, he added.

Dr Kasonde said intervention measures have worked well in Mpulungu which he referred to as “a cholera hotspot".

He said the government has sent a team of health officials to monitor the situation. Residents in the affected areas are being urged to maintain hygiene to help contain the disease.