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WORLD
December 11, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Dixon is a Times staff writer.
A bony limb flops from the wheelbarrow in limp resignation. A head lolls amid the pile of blankets. A woman is trundling her elderly mother home from a clinic to die. In Zimbabwe's cholera- ravaged townships, the dying make their final journey home in wheelbarrows and pushcarts, sent away from clinics by nurses too overworked and underpaid to care much about who survives. One 71-year-old man, Tarcisius Nerutanga, had to carry his dying 27-year-old son, Allan, home over the weekend on his back.
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WORLD
December 5, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Zimbabwe declared a national emergency as it battled a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 560 people and forced it to appeal for international assistance. The cases have been fueled by the collapse of the water system, which has forced residents to drink from contaminated wells and streams. Economic meltdown in Zimbabwe, isolated by Western countries under President Robert Mugabe's authoritarian rule, has left the health system ill-prepared to cope with the epidemic. There is not enough money to pay doctors and nurses or buy medicine.
WORLD
December 1, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Health authorities say 425 people have died in a cholera outbreak, and they are concerned that it will worsen with the onset of the rainy season. More than 11,000 people have been sickened since August, the official Sunday Mail newspaper reported. The number of cases has shot up in the last two weeks. The Zimbabwe Assn. of Doctors for Human Rights has accused the government of trying to downplay the severity of the outbreak, which is blamed on collapsing sewage and water facilities and uncollected garbage.
WORLD
November 22, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The World Health Organization said that 294 people have died from a cholera outbreak exacerbated by the collapse of Zimbabwe's healthcare system. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said 6,072 cases had been reported from Aug. 1 through Tuesday, with a surge in cases in the last two weeks. Poorly maintained sewage systems and a lack of clean water have allowed the waterborne intestinal disease to thrive. Zimbabwe's deepening political and economic crisis has crippled the country's health system.
WORLD
November 11, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A cholera outbreak in a sprawling refugee camp has spread to Goma, a provincial capital in eastern Congo, increasing fears of an epidemic amid a tense standoff between troops and rebels, officials said. Cholera cases rose slightly in the towns of Goma and Kibati, with at least 90 known cases. Officials with Doctors Without Borders said the cases they were treating were well-contained. Only four new ones were reported at the group's clinic in Kibati camp. But dozens of people have died of cholera in recent weeks elsewhere in eastern Congo.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2007 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
"Beginnings are very important to me, whether it's a letter or an e-mail or a screenplay or a novel or play," said Ronald Harwood, a master of most of those forms. "I think all those things should begin with 'A shot rang out.' It should be so gripping." His latest films open with a death and the blink of an eye, respectively.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2007 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Since Gabriel Garcia Marquez first published "Love in the Time of Cholera" internationally in 1988, he is said to have declined, much like a character in one of his books, something on the order of 50 offers to turn the novel into a film. Part of his reluctance to fork over the story to Hollywood apparently stemmed from his misgivings about subjecting one the greatest Spanish-language novels of the 20th century to an English-language adaptation.
WORLD
October 29, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
It was a place that "stood unchanging at the edge of time . . . where flowers rusted and salt corroded, where nothing had happened for four centuries except a slow aging among withered laurels." That was Gabriel Garcia Marquez's rich description of a town very much like this Caribbean port in "Love in the Time of Cholera," the Nobel laureate's sultry saga of lust and decay.
WORLD
September 1, 2007 | Asso Ahmed and Tina Susman, Special to The Times
A cholera outbreak in northern Iraq, where thousands of people have sought refuge from sectarian violence, is overwhelming hospitals and has killed as many as 10 people, health officials said Friday. The outbreak in Sulaymaniya and Kirkuk is seen as the latest example of the displacement and deterioration of living conditions caused by the Iraqi conflict. The water-borne disease has struck more than 80 people in the two cities, which are about 100 miles apart, said Claire Hajaj of the U.N.
SCIENCE
June 16, 2007 | Amber Dance, Times Staff Writer
Japanese researchers have developed a genetically engineered rice that protects against cholera, offering the hope of an inexpensive, easily stored vaccine that could make a major impact against diseases in Third World countries. The research, carried out by Hiroshi Kiyono and colleagues at the University of Tokyo, was published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The rice was engineered to produce a portion of the cholera toxin protein in the grains.
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