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Health Officials Report More Than 200 Cases Of Typhoid In Zimbabwe’s Capital

“Health authorities say 207 cases of typhoid are being treated in Zimbabwe’s capital after a prolonged spell of unusually hot weather amid acute water shortages,” the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports. Prosper Chonzi, Harare city council health director, “said Tuesday the disease will be difficult to contain in impoverished townships relying on water from shallow, makeshift wells and marshlands,” and that “humanitarian agencies have been asked to help provide clean water,” the news service writes.

Some in the capital have not had piped water for months, or even years, because of the country’s economic downturn, according to the AP (11/15). “The typhoid fears come as residents are already on high alert for a potential return of cholera,” which also is transmitted through contaminated water, SW Radio Africa News/Zimbabwean notes (11/16).

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