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South Africa confirms first cholera death

The Health Department has confirmed the first cholera death in South Africa. Health Minister Joe Phaahla says the number of laboratory-confirmed cases has risen to five.

Two of the most recent cases have been reported in Alexandra and Benoni.

Both men between 24 and 28 have no history of travelling locally or internationally.

The department says cholera mainly spreads through contaminated or polluted water.

People can become infected directly through drinking contaminated water, or indirectly through eating contaminated food.

Symptoms include diarrhoea dehydration, vomiting and body weakness.

In other news – Form four student shot on thigh by [email protected]

A teenage girl was shot and injured in the thigh while running away from a man who attempted to sexually abuse her at a dam in Empandeni, Mangwe District on Sunday.

Police in Matabeleland South Province confirmed the incident but could not provide specific details on the case.Learn More

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