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Insurance plea after typhoid cases

27 January 2012 09:14

Zimbabwe has been hit by a typhoid outbreak

Zimbabwe has been hit by a typhoid outbreak

Visitors to Zimbabwe have been reminded of the importance of having the correct medical travel insurance after a typhoid outbreak in Harare.

More than 600 residents have been treated for the bacterial disease and there are fears that the outbreak could spread beyond the capital

The majority of those affected by the disease live in the high-density Kuwadzana suburb, but hospitals have also reported cases in the Warren Park, Kambuzuma and Dzivaresekwa districts.

Visitors have been warned not to eat food sold by street vendors after testing by health officials showed samples of meat and fish contained traces of the typhoid bacterium.

However, tests on the city's water supplies proved negative, officials said, as they insisted the sanitation infrastructure was adequate.

Officials at Beatrice Infectious Diseases Hospital said a total of 660 people have received treatment for typhoid and about 70 remain in hospital as efforts continue to bring the outbreak under control.