660 treated in new typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe

Jan 24, 2012, 12:43 PM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – Authorities say more than 660 people have been treated for typhoid in Zimbabwe’s capital but that the outbreak of the bacterial disease appears to be waning.

Harare health director Dr. Prosper Chonzi says about 70 people were in the hospital Tuesday. Another 20 were sent home after treatment. He says no deaths have been reported.

The disease, which incubates over three weeks, was traced to contaminated food sold by street vendors in western Harare. A cleanup and awareness campaign has contained the spread, he said.

In November, about 200 cases of typhoid were treated in Harare.

A cholera outbreak in 2009 blamed on the collapse of water, sanitation and prevention services in Zimbabwe killed more than 4,000 people.

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660 treated in new typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe