The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Mt. Darwin has risen to four, while 79 people have been affected.

This comes after laboratory tests carried out on patients hospitalised at Mt Darwin District Hospital tested positive for cholera.

“The first five people we tested for cholera proved positive so what we are now waiting for are the sensitivity results,” said Dr George Mapiye, the Mt. Darwin District Medical Officer.

The death toll of the outbreak has since risen to four, with the Civil Protection Unit having been activated to mitigate the outbreak and assist patients.

All the cases are coming from Mukaradzi mining area which is home to thousands of artisanal miners.

A cholera camp has since been set up at Madondo business centre which is about 2 kilometres from the epicentre of the cholera outbreak at Mukaradzi.