Typhoid Outbreak Affects 800 in Zimbabwe

January 31, 2012 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

by Janis Esch

800 cases of the bacterial disease typhoid have sprung up in a recent outbreak in Zimbabwe, an independent doctors’ group says.

No deaths have been reported in the past three weeks. The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights said Sunday that the nation’s troubled coalition government lacked urgency in dealing with public health woes.

In a statement, the group said that amid heavy rains clean water supplies were still irregular or “completely absent” in most impoverished townships in Harare. It said burst sewers were left unattended and meat and fish were sold on streets nearby.

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

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