Health Department warns of possible typhoid outbreak

There've been cases of typhoid reported in neighbouring Zimbabwe & so far all have been in the low-income suburb of Mbare.

Picture: CDC/Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Health Department says it is on high alert for a potential outbreak of the highly-infectious typhoid disease.

There've been cases of typhoid reported in neighbouring Zimbabwe and so far all have been in the low-income suburb of Mbare in the capital Harare.

Officials in South Africa are concerned and are now working on an awareness campaign to ensure that if there is a case in this country it can be dealt with swiftly.

The department's Joe Maila says, “We’ll be going around the communities to tell them what it is they need to do to prevent the outbreak, but what is of most importance is that we have made sure that all of our facilities have some kind of way of dealing with it in the event that something comes their way. We are on serious high alert.”

(Edited by Neo Koza)