Observer on Saturday - - Front Page - – African News Agency (ANA)

- In­spec­tors have found con­tam­i­nated food at three Hun­gry Lion branches in Lusaka. Three of South African re­tailer Sho­prite’s Hun­gry Lion fast-food restau­rants have been forcibly closed in Zam­bia af­ter testing pos­i­tive for the bac­terium that causes cholera, CNBCAfrica re­ports.

The dis­ease has hit Zam­bia hard with 51 peo­ple dy­ing and more than 2 000 peo­ple fall­ing ill in the cap­i­tal Lusaka.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Vin­cent Mwale con­firmed that in­spec­tors had found con­tam­i­nated food at three Hun­gry Lion branches in Lusaka.

LUSAKA Attributed

Ini­tially the out­break was attributed to con­tam­i­nated wa­ter from shal­low wells.

How­ever, sub­se­quently the spread of the deadly dis­ease was linked to hy­giene con­di­tions in the restau­rants and the man­ner in which em­ploy­ees from in­fected ar­eas were han­dling the food.

“We have since di­rected the restau­rants to close and have had meet­ings with the man­age­ment to see how hy­giene con­di­tions can be im­proved,” said Mwale.

Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu last week di­rected the mil­i­tary to help fight the spread of the wa­ter­borne dis­ease. The dis­ease has spread from densely pop­u­lated ar­eas of Lusaka with poor san­i­ta­tion to lower- den­sity ar­eas.

Neigh­bour­ing Malawi has regis­tered 157 cases and four deaths, its health min­is­ter said.

Cholera spreads rapidly and can kill within hours if not treated with oral re­hy­dra­tion, so­lu­tions and an­tibi­otics. Symp­toms in­clude acute wa­tery di­ar­rhoea.

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