2000 cases of typhoid have been recorded in Gweru at a time when Harare is struggling to contain an outbreak of cholera which has already killed at least 21 people. In Midlands at least 10 people died from typhoid. Most of the cases were reported in Mkoba 13-20 with the majority of the cases being reported at Mkoba 1. According to the Gweru Residents Forum, in July the city council pumped water contaminated with ecoli and sewage after using water from contaminated wells.
Gweru Residents Forum director Charles Mazorodze said,
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Management have reports that some people might have used water from wells contaminated by Ecoli and sewage in Mkoba 19. There are also some claims by council that Mkoba 19 and 20 have alternating days were faecal matter is tested in some boreholes.
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