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Typhoid outbreak hits Zambian towns

12 January 2012 09:41

The fever can be passed on via contaminated water

The fever can be passed on via contaminated water

An outbreak of typhoid fever in Mufulira, Zambia, has seen authorities increase intervention measures against the disease.

Figures show there have been 2,100 patients since the first case of the fever was reported in the Mupambe Township.

The figures offer a timely reminder that Britons should always take out a medical travel insurance policy before heading to far-flung destinations.

However, Charles Mwandila, Mufulira town clerk, said the number of patients being treated at the clinic had decreased to fewer than 30 per day compared to when the fever first broke out.

Lime and chlorine have been distributed as one measure to prevent further outbreak, and residents have been encouraged to boil their water and heat their food before eating it.

People with any type of diarrhoea have also been urged to be screened, Mr Mwandila said.

Salmonella Typhi is the bacteria which causes typhoid fever - an infectious disease.

Close contact with sufferers and eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water can see the disease easily spread.