Provincial Medical Director in the Ministry of Health, Dr Robert Mudyiradima said the outbreak, the second in less than two months, had been triggered by Zimbabweans working in other countries who had come for the Christmas holidays.
“There has been a resurgent outbreak of the disease, our tests confirmed. But we believe it is another bout as we eradicated the disease the last time we had an outbreak. “Two people, a child and elderly woman, have since died while others are quarantined at Masvingo General Hospital. We believe the disease was imported by Zimbabweans working in other countries who had come home for the festive season,” Mudyiradima said.
The last swine flu outbreak was detected in the Ngomahuru area, about 30 kilometres west of Masvingo.
Mudyiradima said the situation is under control as their health teams are camped in the area and will only leave after being satisfied that the disease is gone.