More cases of contagious Typhoid, but no outbreak says MEC

More cases of contagious Typhoid, but no outbreak says MEC

Johannesburg - The Gauteng Department of Health has moved to allay fears that there is an outbreak of Typhoid fever in the province.

MEC Qedani Mahlangu has however, called on Gauteng residents to be more watchful. This after more cases of Typhoid were diagnosed in the province's State facilities. 
 
In a statement, the local department confirmed that two new additional cases of Typhoid were reported at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in the Tshwane district.
 
Said Ms. Mahlangu, "... our Outbreak Response Team will be out in full force for the next few weeks. We are closely monitoring the situation which is currently under control."
 
A 38-year-old, Zimbabwean national who lives in Centurion, was admitted to the hospital last week Thursday. She had been suffering for four days with a fever and was diagnosed with Typhoid, yesterday. 

"She is currently on antibiotics and appears to be fairly stable.," the MEC said.

She added that a 27-year-old women who is also from Zimbabwe was admitted on Wednesday, 20 January 2016. Blood tests confirmed that she too had contracted Typhoidand was also put on a course of antibiotics.

The provincial Health department said two children who were diagnosed with the illness and who are currently at the Edenvale District Hospital are drastically better. According to the department, the teen at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital is also doing well and is in a stable condition. 

Yesterday, Ms. Mahlangu and and the Head of Department Dr. Barney Selebano called a meeting to discuss the department's response to the Typhoid cases found. 

Professor Lucille Blumberg from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases said the Gauteng Province had responded well thus far and that the current cases were not considered an "outbreak". She said Typhoid fever is endemic in the area and cases in South Africa do appear every year. 

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Tags: Outbreak Response Team Qedani Mahlangu Typhoid fever Gauteng Newsufl George Mukhari Academic Hospital Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital Edenvale District Hospital Professor Lucille Blumberg Dr. Barney Selebano National Institute of Communicable Diseases

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