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Cholera Scare Shuts Zanzibar School

December 15, 1997

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) _ Zanzibar’s government closed schools on the island in a bid to contain an outbreak of cholera that killed 60 people in two days.

Dr. Hassan Mkoko, chief medical officer of Zanzibar’s main Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, said Sunday that more than 400 people have been hospitalized in the past week.

The government also banned the sale of fruit and fruit juices from outdoor stalls on the Indian Ocean island.

Cholera, an infectious intestinal disease caused by contaminated water or food, causes severe diarrhea and can be fatal if untreated.

A March outbreak killed 45 people on Zanzibar.

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