Threat of national epidemic of typhoid fever in Zimbabwe

Thirteen more cases of typhoid fever have been reported in Chegutu where there is a lack of potable water. Typhoid cases have been reported in different parts of Zimbabwe. The worst affected areas are the densely populated suburbs around Harare's centre, including Kuwadzana and Mufakose. Other cases were reported from Bindura, Mashonaland Central, Norton and Zvimba in Mashonaland West, Chitungwiza and Kadoma. So far there have been 2 deaths among the 5,000 suspected cases from across the country. Travellers to Zimbabwe can reduce their risk of exposure to typhoid fever by being cautious and avoiding consuming contaminated food or water. Vaccination against typhoid fever should be considered, especially if unsafe food cannot be avoided.

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