Suspected typhoid outbreak confirmed in Zambian capital

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Health officials in Zambia on Friday confirmed an outbreak of suspected typhoid in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

Residents of mostly shanty compounds of the Zambian capital have of late complained of diarrhea cases, forcing the health authorities to conduct tests.

Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo said environmental and water analysis has revealed fecal contamination of water in some shanty compounds in the city.

She said in a release that health authorities have since heightened active surveillance-reporting cases and engaged the water and sanitation firm to manage the problem.

The ministry, she said, has also received 6,000 bottles of liquid chlorine from the Zambia Red Cross to be distributed to the affected areas as well as intensified water quality monitoring.

“We continue to urge all households to ensure that they practice safe food and water hygiene practices more so during this time of year in order to avoid diseases,” she said.