Typhoid cases drop
Cases of typhoid reported in the capital have drastically gone down in a development the Harare City Health Department says indicates that the outbreak has been contained. City Health Department director, Dr Stan Mungofa says available statistics indicate that the challenge of typhoid is slowly being contained.Dr Mungofa said in the past around 70 cases of typhoid were being reported daily but the number has gone down to an average of between six and seven.He added that the challenge now is the elimination of water borne diseases in the capital.“We have witnessed a decline in the number of cases of the water-borne diseases. Our conclusion has been reached following an analysis of the reported cases daily from our health institutions including Wilkins and Beatrice hospitals.
Though we cannot say we are over the challenge at least there is some improvement,” he said.The official cumulative figures of typhoid since October 2011 are 6 843 suspected and 142 confirmed cases and seven deaths.Typhoid is a bacterial, water-borne disease transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with faeces of an infected person.This happens in conditions of poor sanitation, and poor supply of clean water.In areas where sanitary facilities are well developed and maintained, there has been the virtual elimination of typhoid.However in many parts of Harare, water supply is still irregular.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation
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