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Typhoid cases soar in Zimbabwe's capital

Typhoid cases continue to pop up in the capital of Zimbabwe. Within the past few weeks, more than 900 residents in Harare have been diagnosed with the disease, leaving humanitarians worried about the spread of the disease, IRIN reports.

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), typhoid "usually occurs where water supplies serving large populations are contaminated by fecal matter," the news outlet reports.

WHO added that the disease can cause a lack of appetite, constipation or sometimes diarrhea and it can last for several weeks or even months.

The outbreak has not only fostered fear among residents in the area, but it has health officials worried that a cholera outbreak may also be looming as sanitary conditions in the region worsen.

"We can have cholera any time," Propser Chonzi, Harare's health director, told the news outlet. "The environment is conducive for the outbreak. We need to be proactive and play our part."

Of the 900 reported cases of typhoid, some 60 people have been admitted to local hospitals for treatment and no fatalities have been reported, however officials are looking into the deaths of certain individuals.

The news outlet reports that continued heavy rains in the area are likely to add to health concerns as broken drains and water pipes have been forcing residents to dig shallow wells for water.
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