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Neno typhoid outbreak

5 dead, 41 positive

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By Isaac Salima:

Joshua Malango

At least five people have died from typhoid fever in Neno District.

Neno District Hospital spokesperson Caroline Banda said, apart from registering five cases of death, health officials recorded 56 cases of suspects.

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“Out of these [56 cases of suspects], we registered 41 confirmed cases.

“Now we are distributing Chlorine to every household, especially in Traditional Authority (T/A) Dambe’s area. We also collected water samples to find out what is causing the disease.

“Apart from that, we are carrying out awareness campaigns as one of the measures to contain the further spread of the disease,” Banda said.

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She cited T/As Dambe and Chakulembera as the hardest hit areas.

Health Ministry spokesperson Joshua Malango said they were working with officials at the district health office to put cases of the disease under control.

“We are conducting community awareness and sensitisation campaigns. We are also orienting health workers and volunteers in a number of areas, especially surveillance, water Chlorination and chlorine distribution, as we strive to reach out to all households,” Malango said.

Meanwhile, health rights activist Maziko Matemba has called on heath officials to intensify awareness campaigns.

“We have noticed that the Ministry of Health has started awareness campaigns. That is commendable.

“However, this has to continue not only in Neno but across the nation. There is also a need for proper surveillance so that we can trace where cases of the disease are coming from,” Matemba said.

Symptoms of typhoid include diarrhoea, constipation, weakness, headache, loss of appetite, cough and stomach pains.

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