The Eastern Cape Health Department has confirmed that there
was a cholera outbreak in two villages and that a team of nurses and
environmental health officers has been dispatched to the area.
It is reported that villages near Mthatha are the affected
ones and the medical team will collect samples of food and water for lab
testing. Some 25 people were treated yesterday in Elalin village near Mthatha
afte5r they developed diarrhea and cramps during a funeral.
"We urge people to work with the municipality in
getting clean water," Kupelo said. "And if they are going to
slaughter animals, those animals should have been vaccinated and they need to
seek advice from the Department of Agriculture."