WASHINGTON — A report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office says a travel advisory to Zambian residents in Washington state may not have been accurate and may have been misleading.
The report found the Zambia Ministry of Health and the Zambian Ministry of Tourism and Transport did not adequately consider health risks posed by travel to the country, including those posed by drinking water contamination.
The agency said Zambia has no confirmed cases of drinking water borne viruses, nor does it have any documented cases of any of the five reported viruses in Zambia.
The agency said the advisory was issued because Zambia reported five new cases of the coronavirus in the past two weeks, which included the five cases of coronaviruses in Washington State.
The report also said there was no credible information that Zambia was experiencing a pandemic.
The GAO said it has asked the Zambias Ministry of Finance to explain the report and the advisory.
In a statement, the Zambians Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Zambis Government has taken all necessary measures to prevent the spread of coronavevirus, including the release of the WHO coronaviral strategy.