Uganda confirms Typhoid outbreak

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Uganda’s Well being Ministry on Thursday confirmed an outbreak of Typhoid within the East African nation.

“We want to inform most of the people that there’s an outbreak of Typhoid in Kampala and in some elements of the neighbouring Wakiso and Mukono districts,” Jane Ruth Aceng, director-general of well being providers, advised reporters.

She mentioned the primary Typhoid an infection had been reported on Feb. 6.

“To date, two persons are confirmed to have died of the illness, whereas 11 extra deaths are nonetheless being investigated,” Aceng mentioned.

She added {that a} complete of 142 individuals had up to now been discovered with signs of Typhoid.

In keeping with the Well being Ministry, 20 to 30 extra individuals have complained of Typhoid-like signs, together with fever, stomach ache and cough.

“Investigations have revealed that persons are being contaminated by one thing they’re consuming or ingesting at their workplaces,” Aceng mentioned.

“Investigations stay ongoing to find out the precise supply [of the illness] by testing all sources of water, together with water being bought commercially,” she added.

Typhoid is a typical bacterial illness often transmitted by the ingestion of meals or water contaminated with feces.

“It is crucial that persons are handled early to keep away from the potential unfold of the illness,” Aceng mentioned.

She lamented, nevertheless, that Uganda at the moment lacked Typhoid vaccines, happening to name for the usage of antibiotics to deal with the illness.

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