Typhoid fever and diarrhoea continue to be risks in Zimbabwe

A recent weekly disease report from the Ministry of Health for the week ending May 17 indicated there were 36 new suspected cases of typhoid, with 33 of them located in Harare. So far this year, there have been 301 confirmed and 559 suspected cases of typhoid fever.

Of equal concern, there were almost 10,000 cases of diarrhoea reported in that week and six deaths. Since the start of 2015, there have been more than 190,000 cases and 197 deaths. The exact cause of the diarrhoea is not reported.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Food and Water Contamination, Traveller's Diarrhoea, and Typhoid Fever.

Advice For Travellers

A large increase in street food vendors has caused concern due to improper handling of food items, which are being cooked and sold on street pavements with no sanitary checks or inspections whatsoever. Travellers to any area where there are cases of typhoid fever or large number of diarrhoea illnesses 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.

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