It is a nightmare. There is an outbreak of an out-of-control disease that kills nearly everyone who catches it and has no cure.
Every year, it is a reality that millions of people die from this disease that kills faster than HIV/AIDS.
Often preventable diseases hit people in poor and remote communities, with little or no access to health care and sanitation hard.
In Africa fears are growing that the this deadly disease will spread everywhere.
So far more than 800 people have died from the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
History shows us that many killer outbreaks have quickly crossed borders.
Smallpox is one of the most devastating diseases known to man, it was responsible for the deaths of millions of people.
According to World Health Organisation, around 12 million people in Africa caught this highly contagious disease and approximately two million people died every year within the space of three years.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscular aches and pain, a non-specific red rash on the face. The rash develops into small blisters.
The pustules split, dry and scab, then the scabs fall off, leaving scars.
Death can result if the virus attacks the circulatory system, bone marrow or respiratory system.
Over the weekend, two cases of Smallpox has been reported to Parirenyatwa Hospital, Harare, Zimbabwe. Both patients have been pronounced dead this morning.
A mother and her 14 year old son died in the hospital.
A medical practitioner said the Doctors did all the could to save them but they hard limited medical supplies.
” We always try our best to save the lives of patients, but this time, we could not as we have limited medical supplies at our disposal,” said Dr Prince Katsande.
The general public is being warned to be very careful as many Zimbabweans enter South Africa regularly.