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UPDATE ON TYPHOID FEVER
03/02/16
UPDATE ON TYPHOID FEVER

The Ministry informs the public that in addition to the outbreak of Typhoid Fever in South Africa, Zimbabwe has also registered about six cases of typhoid fever. This brings the number of confirmed typhoid fever cases in Southern Africa (SADC region) to about ten.

The free movement within the SADC region makes it easy for the typhoid fever to circulate. The Ministry therefore wishes to remind the public to be extra vigilant by observing the below health precautions:

1. Washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating or cooking them
2. Washing hands with soap after visiting the toilet, before and after handling food, before feeding children
3. Cooking food thoroughly
4. Boiling water if not sure of the source
5. Food handlers to observe good hygiene practices including personal hygiene.
6. Improved hygiene namely: disinfection of surfaces including toilets, bathrooms and kitchens)
7. Appropriate disposal of all waste including human waste

Typhoid Fever is a highly contagious and can be fatal if left untreated. It is caused by Salmonella species of bacteria. The Typhoid Fever presents with the following symptoms: extreme fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, sweating, extremely swollen abdomen and vomiting.

Members of the public are advised to quickly visit the nearest health facility if they experience any of the signs and symptoms associated with typhoid fever as all Public Health Facilities are on high alert to provide the necessary health services. The Ministry of Health continues to monitor the situation at all levels and will keep on updating the public.

For information on Typhoid Fever please visit the nearest health facility or call 0800 600 740

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