1000 die of cholera in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cholera, a waterborne disease that causes diarrhea, dehydration and, if not treated, death in a matter of hours. Zimbabwe warns that the contagious disease is spreading fast since raw sewage from burst pipes near the capital, Harare, flowed into wells, rivers and streams, the only source of drinking water for many Zimbabweans.

One way of getting clean drinking water is the SkyHydrant. The design is compact, robust and self-cleaning. It is intended for efficient transport and deployment with minimal training and operator interface. The system works by pumping water through approximately 20,000 ultra-fine fibers, a process that removes all pathogens with diameters of over 0.1 micrometers. The system doesn’t require electric power or purification chemicals. One is used at the Gona Dam in Kenya.

In Zimbabwe at least 565 people have lost their lives in the outbreak, according to a statement from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Wednesday. More than 1,000 have died. The U.N. says that about 12,000 more people are suspected to be infected.
Lets see how quick a portable water purification system will be sent to Zimbabwe or any country that has outbreaks of diarrhea, cholera, and typhus.


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