Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Typhoid in Zimbabwe
Between 800 and 900 cases of typhoid have been reported in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, mostly in high-density areas. The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights has criticised the government for what they see as a lack of urgency. State media initially seemed to be suggesting that food sellers might be to blame but the epidemiology and disease control section of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has now identified poor sanitation, in particular contaminated boreholes, as the source of the problem. A cholera outbreak is also feared. In the last major cholera outbreak in 2009, approximately 4000 people died.