Huge new typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe

2012-01-24 21:55

Harare - Authorities say more than 660 people have been treated for typhoid in Zimbabwe's capital but that the outbreak of the bacterial disease appears to be waning.

Harare health director Dr Prosper Chonzi says about 70 people were in the hospital on Tuesday. Another 20 were sent home after treatment. He says no deaths have been reported.

The disease, which incubates over three weeks, was traced to contaminated food sold by street vendors in western Harare. A clean-up and awareness campaign has contained the spread, he said.

In November, about 200 cases of typhoid were treated in Harare.

A cholera outbreak in 2009 blamed on the collapse of water, sanitation and prevention services in Zimbabwe killed more than 4 000 people.

  • Bennie - 2012-01-24 22:32

    African prosparity at its best !!!

      Greg - 2012-01-25 09:25

      I see you take any opportunity to promote your racist agenda / mindset. See a psyciatrist quick or better yet, take a long walk off a short pier.

      Ian - 2012-01-25 09:53

      @ Bennie. I agree, just another African time bomb waiting to explode, hopefully greg will be having tea with his buddy bob when it does!

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-25 17:48

    The idea that SA will greatly benefit from an increase in the dollar/gold price is erroneous. Gold in SA is a fastly declining commodity. The government tacitly allows the nigerians to mine gold illegally. So maybe that is where we should go to project the future wellbeing of SA. Latest news has it that SA is sitting on the second biggest natural gas resources in the world after the US. Great good fortune for all south africans or so one would think. African history has taught me otherwise. A case in point is Nigeria with the biggest oil resources in Africa. The Congo with diamonds and other minerals etc. Angola, estimated to have more mineral wealth than SA ever had. Botswana, lots of diamonds. Mugabe-land, need I say more? Looting on a mega scale. SA politicians becoming billionaires in a mere 10 years or less. Maybe I should just point it out again, this is the story of Africa. Bokassa, Idi Amin, Mobutu, Mugabe, it makes me sick. The ANC is no different. King Zuma presiding over the most corrupt SA government yet.

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