Typhoid sickens hundreds in Kampala

2015-03-25 22:25

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Kampala - A senior Ugandan health official says a typhoid outbreak has infected hundreds of people in the capital, Kampala, and looks likely to spread as the rainy season gets under way.

Anthony Mbonye, director of health services at Uganda's Ministry of Health, said 4 000 suspected cases of typhoid have been reported, 400 of which have been confirmed.

At least two people have died of typhoid, a bacterial disease that is transmitted through the ingestion of food or drink contaminated by the faeces or urine of infected people.

Mbonye said the disease's epicentre is a Kampala slum where many of the sick were probably drinking contaminated water and fruit juices.

The World Health Organisation says the majority of water sources that were tested in down town Kampala were found "heavily contaminated" with faecal matter.

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