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45 hospitalised in diarrhoea outbreak

Polokwane - At least 45 people were admitted to hospital after contracting diarrhoea in Limpopo, the provincial health department said on Monday.

“Officials were attending a workshop at a lodge when they were taken to hospital, severely affected,” said spokesman Macks Lesufi.

File photo: sxc.hu. Credit: sxc.hu

“Our provincial Diseases Outbreak Response team is on site. Further tests are being conducted to determine the cause and the results will be made available.”

Nine of those admitted to hospital were in a critical condition, while 36 were treated and discharged from the Voortrekker Hospital on Sunday.

Contaminated water or food was suspected to be the source of the outbreak at the lodge, Lesufi said.

Lesufi advised those with diarrhoea symptoms not to panic but to visit their local health institutions.

The province is prone to disease outbreak, especially during rainy seasons. Cholera and malaria cases have recently been reported in parts of the province.

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