Lim Health Dept monitoring Zimbabwe’s typhoid outbreak

Typhoid is an infectious waterborne disease and can be contracted through food or water. Photo: supplied.

POLOKWANE – The department says it is closely monitoring a typhoid and cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe.

According to spokesperson for the Department of Health, Neil Shikwambana, the outbreak is allegedly due to a sewage system burst which caused the contamination of borehole water. In addition, Shikwambana says diarrhea-like diseases are also occur due to seasonal rain.

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“The department has activated outbreak response teams in all districts as well as at all our ports of entry including Musina, Beitbridge and Musina Hospital. We have also increased surveillance of diarrhea-like diseases at all public health facilities, ” he said.

TIPS FOR THE PUBLIC
•    Boil water before for drinking
•    Wash your hands after visiting the toilet and after changing babies nappies
•    Wash your hands before preparing and eating food
•    Washingfruits and vegetables before eating them with clean water

“Passing of three or more loose (diarrhea) or liquid stools per day or more frequently than normal, please consult your nearest clinic facility or doctor immediately,” he concluded.

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Raeesa Kimmie
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