Chegutu Typhoid Cases Rise

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Friday, 26 October 2012 14:40


Over 208 suspected cases of typhoid have so far been recorded in Chegutu since the outbreak was reported last week. Suspected cases of typhoid in Chegutu have risen by more than 250% within a week. Last week, 83 cases of typhoid were reported in Chegutu, but the figure has now risen to 208.


The acting Medical Officer for Chegutu District, Dr Claudius Murumbi confirmed that two cases have so far been screened and confirmed and one of the patient is still admitted at Chegutu Hospital. He said the major cases have been recorded at the ZMDC suburb in Chegutu an area which is near unprotected sewer ponds.


Dr Murumbi however said water samples have been tested and the laboratory results indicate that the water is not the source of the typhoid. Heads of department from the Chegutu municipality including Health Officers, Director for District Civil Protection, District Administrators and representatives of Chegutu Rural District Council held an urgent meeting to review the typhoid outbreak. On the other hand, Chegutu Municipality has since closed all illegal food outlets and has issued prohibition orders to all food vendors in an attempt to contain the outbreak.


Zimbabwe has for the past year been battling to contain outbreaks of diarrhoeal diseases. Harare’s Dzivaresekwa and Kuwadzana suburbs were the epicentre of the typhoid outbreak which then spread to other areas such as Chitungwiza and Bindura and other areas.


Experts say local authorities should prioritise the provision of clean water to rid the country of diseases such as typhoid which have been described by some analysts as primitive.



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