Health officials in Zimbabwe have reported at least 600 cases of typhoid fever, including seven associated deaths, in the town of Gweru between January 1 and mid-August. The most affected areas include the neighborhoods of Mkoba 13, 15, 18, 19, and 20
Typhoid fever is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by Salmonella Typhi, usually contracted via ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the disease can include high fever, diarrhea, rash, headache, and abdominal pain.
Individuals in Gweru are advised to only consume bottled or treated water, eat thoroughly-cooked foods, disinfect and/or peel raw fruits and vegetables, wash hands frequently, seek medical attention if experiencing the above symptoms, and consult a doctor regarding vaccination options.