Ten cases of suspected typhoid have been reported in Glen View, a Harare suburb which has over the years been a hot spot for cholera.
This was confirmed by Harare City Council Health Services Director Dr Prosper Chonzi who told ZTN that residents have been reporting to the clinics. He said:
In Glen View, close to where the clinic is, people there are reporting at the clinic with symptoms consistent with typhoid, fever with temperatures of around 39 – 40, headache and abdominal discomfort, which are consistent with typhoid.
Most of them have gone to the clinic and gotten anti-biotic and so when their culture is tested the results will come out negative because they have been given anti-biotic.
Harare has been struggling to consistently provide water to several suburbs and when it does provide the water, it will be unsafe for most domestic uses including drinking.
The local government authority cites the inadequacy of chemicals caused by shortage of foreign currency and dwindling water levels in its water sources as the main reasons why water supply has been intermittent.