SA on high alert after typhoid cases in Zimbabwe

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The Health Department is already on high alert following an outbreak of typhoid cases in Zimbabwe.

The Health Department is already on high alert following an outbreak of typhoid cases in Zimbabwe. (SABC)

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has issued an alert for typhoid fever to those returning from Zimbabwe.

The Health Department is already on high alert following an outbreak of typhoid cases in Zimbabwe.

The institute has warned the disease could spread to neighbouring countries.  

Symptoms of typhoid include fever, headache, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

Head of the Outbreak Response Unit at the institute, Kerrigan McCarthy says health care practitioners and returning travellers need to be aware of the symptoms.

“The NICD has received reports of an increased number of cases of typhoid in Harare in Zimbabwe.”

“We are very at risk of having acquired typhoid and we really want to release an awareness and alert to clinicians and also returning travellers to be aware of the symptoms.”