Typhoid outbreak kills 5 in Malawi

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At least 5 people have died from Typhoid outbreak in Malawi’s southern remote district of Neno, health authorities have confirmed to local media.

The country’s media on Tuesday quoted Neno District Hospital spokesperson, Caroline Banda, as saying the district has recorded 41 cases of the outbreak from some of the district’s health facilities.

A statement released earlier by the country’s health authorities on the outbreak said the first case was reported in the district on Nov. 17 at one of the community hospitals and that since then more cases have been reported from other health facilities.

“A village under Nsambe Health Centre, which is also bordering with Mozambique, has so far reported half of the total cases and the rest have been reported by 6 other villages,” read the statement.

It added: “Investigation conducted by the District Rapid Response Team revealed that the affected villages do not have safe water sources and, instead, the community gets water from a nearby stream.”

The affected villages also lack proper sanitation as, according to the statement, most latrines are in dilapidated condition.

Neno district, with a population of over 138,000, experiences frequent Typhoid fever outbreaks, and the most serious outbreak occurred in 2010, killing more than 45 people.

Health rights activists have urged the government to extend the outbreak’s awareness campaign and interventions across the country.

The World Health Organization classifies Typhoid fever as a “life-threatening infection” caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi, and the disease usually spreads through contaminated food or water. Enditem

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