Source of Typhoid outbreak in Uganda investigated

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

- Last updated on GMT

Dr David Serukka, director public health and environment at KCCA, provides an update
Dr David Serukka, director public health and environment at KCCA, provides an update

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An outbreak of typhoid linked to liquids is being investigated in Uganda, according to the Ministry of Health and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

Between 17 February and midday on 25 February, 560 patients had been treated.  

At least two people have been confirmed to have died with more being investigated.

The majority of cases are among young men aged between 20 and 29 years of age.

Investigations reveal that people are being infected from something they are eating/drinking. The cause of infection is suspected to be a contaminated drinking water or juices such as passion fruit.  

Most cases have been identified among people working around Nakasero Market.

Typhoid fever is an acute illness associated with fever caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi. Bacteria are deposited in water or food by a human carrier and are then spread to other people.

The disease is transmitted through eating food/drinking water that is contaminated with faeces.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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