Typhoid, cholera alerts issued in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe health officials issued health alerts for two serious bacterial pathogens Friday in light of serious water shortages, according to a state media report.
Officials say the erratic water supply poses serious problems with water borne disease outbreaks. “The impact may not be serious now, but when it rains and there are flash floods, all this dirt will be washed away into shallow and unprotected water sources. This is when you see an increase in water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and diarrhoea,” Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa said.
The capital city of Harare has already reported 60 cases of typhoid. The water problem has forced many to dig shallow wells and the use of “bush toilets”.
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