typhoid patient.jpg650 people have so far tested positive for typhoid bacteria amid concerns that the situation may deteriorate further if proper measures to curb the spread of the disease are not put in place.

The typhoid outbreak that hit Harare late last year has continued to spread unabated.

There are now fears that the recent outbreak in Kuwadzana may be repeated in most suburbs around Harare if proper measures to curb the spread of the bacteria are not implemented.

Harare City Council Health Department Director, Dr Prosper Chonzi confirmed that so far 650 people from Kuwadzana have tested positive and 150 cases have been referred to Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital for further treatment.

Tents have been erected at Kuwadzana Polyclinic and all suspected cases of typhoid are being handled outside the main building.

Authorities at Harare City Council have also transferred TB patients who were admitted at Beatrice Road Hospital to Wilkins Hospital.

Dr Chonzi said samples were taken from prepared food that is sold at Kuwadzana 4 Shopping Centre on Wednesday last week and all the samples tested positive for typhoid.

About 80 people are admitted at Beatrice Road Hospital.

Dr Chonzi urged residents to stop buying perishables from vendors, saying typhoid is being transmitted through perishables such as fish, meat and vegetables, among others, which are mostly sold by vendors.

 

Typhoid fever is a bacterial disease and is transmitted through consuming contaminated food or drink.

While no deaths have been recorded so far, the cholera outbreak in 2008 which left more than 5 000 people dead and affected over 98 000 people across the country, is still fresh in people’s minds.