health zimbabwe.jpgThe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare says a new case of typhoid has been detected in Norton, while the Mabvuku outbreak is reportedly subsiding and under control.

Addressing a media briefing in Harare, Minister of Health and Child Welfare Dr Henry Madzorera said while the disease has remained confined in Mabvuku since early March, the ministry is now on high alert again after a new case has been detected in Norton.

 

Dr Madzorera said the ministry has embarked on typhoid awareness campaigns so that the spread of the disease can be kept under check adding that the infected can be saved by oral rehydration till they access antibiotics.

 

So far six people have succumbed to the disease and 261 who are all residents of Mabvuku are reported to have contracted the disease. 

Typhoid is a water-borne disease that is transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with waste from an infected person.

People affected by the disease have been receiving free treatment at Beatrice road infectious hospital which has adequate stocks of antibiotics.

 

Mabvuku has experienced sporadic water supplies for some years, resulting in the residents digging shallow wells.

However, it is still unclear how the person in Norton contracted the disease.