Spreading typhoid fever outbreak in Kampala, Uganda

An outbreak of typhoid fever started in Kampala City at the beginning of 2015 and by the first week of March, there were 1,940 suspected cases reported. The outbreak has now spread to all divisions in the capital city and to neighbouring districts. Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection. The majority of water sources have been found to be heavily contaminated with human fecal matter.

Travellers to any area where there are cases of typhoid fever can reduce their risk of exposure by being cautious and avoiding consuming food or water that is contaminated. Vaccination against typhoid fever should be considered, especially if unsafe food or water cannot be avoided.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Typhoid Fever.

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