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By Brian Latham

Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) — A team from the Southern African Development Community is assessing Zimbabwe’s needs in the wake of a cholera epidemic in the country, the state-controlled Herald reported, citing Health Minister David Parirenyatwa.

The 15-nation organization has sent water, sanitation and HIV experts to assess how to help Zimbabwe combat the outbreak, the Harare-based newspaper said on its Web site. The SADC team will also investigate cholera outbreaks in other southern African countries, it said.

Cholera has spread to Zimbabwe’s neighbors South Africa, Botswana and Zambia, while a separate outbreak has been recorded in Tanzania, in east Africa, the Herald said.

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Last Updated: December 10, 2008 02