Typhoid fever: Outbreak team dispatched in Gauteng

Two cases were identified at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital & two more at the Edenvale Hospital.

FILE: Two of the cases were identified at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital & two more while the other two were picked up at the Edenvale Hospital. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said an outbreak response team was dispatched to trace and manage any further cases of typhoid fever.

Two of the cases were identified at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital while the other two were picked up at the Edenvale Hospital.

Yesterday, the department confirmed four cases of typhoid fever in Johannesburg, which claimed the life of one person.

The 27-year-old Malawian woman died last Sunday.

It's understood she had travelled to her home country last month and returned to South Africa through Mozambique.

The three remaining patients are children who are recovering in hospital.

Mahlangu has assured the public there is no need for panic.

"Wash your hands before you prepare your food and I think it's important to practice personal hygiene. The fact that we are in a province like Gauteng [means] this situation can be managed."