A nurse attends to displaced people suspected to have cholera in a compound in Beira, in Mozambique on Tuesday.
BEIRA: There have been five confirmed cases of cholera in Mozambique in the wake of a powerful tropical cyclone, a senior Mozambican health official said on Wednesday, adding that the disease would spread.
Health officials were also battling 2,700 cases of acute watery diarrhoea - which could be a symptom of cholera - the official, Ussein Isse, said.
“We did the lab tests and can confirm that these five people test positive for cholera,” he said. “It will spread. When you have one case, you have to expect more cases in the community.”
A powerful cyclone smashed into northern Mozambique, leaving one person dead on Friday, barely a month after a super-storm slammed into the country’s centre, devastating the area and leaving hundreds dead.
Cyclone Kenneth, a Category Three storm on the hurricane scale, made landfall in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province late Thursday after swiping the Comoros islands. It made landfall a day later, killing one person and wrecking thousands of homes.
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