Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Health fears rise as typhoid hits Harare, Zimbabwe - 8th Nov 2011

At least 50 people are under observation and 21 have been hospitalised following the confirmation of typhoid in two cases. The bacterial disease causes fever and diarrhea and the public are being urged to use good hygiene to prevent the situation from worsening.

The typhoid fears come as residents are already on high alert for a potential return of cholera, which is similar to typhoid in that it is spread most easily through dirty water.

The city and surrounding areas have been struck by severe water shortages, with some areas not being supplied with clean water for many weeks. The shortages have resulted in residents fighting each other while trying to access water from the limited number of boreholes across the city.

The boreholes were sunk back in 2008 when an outbreak of cholera swept through the city. The worst affected areas were Glen Norah, Budiriro and Glen View, and once again these areas are facing serious water shortages.

To make matters worse, temperatures have reached record highs recently, with 36 degrees Celsius recorded in the capital last month. Read More