(Xinhua) -- A typhoid outbreak in
central Uganda has killed two people while 11 other deaths are
being investigated, a ministry of health statement said here.
The statement said 142 people in the districts of Mukono, Wakiso
and Kampala have been identified with typhoid signs and are
"Currently there are eight confirmed cases out of the
laboratory samples taken.
"The confirmation comes after a thorough investigation
into reports initially of a strange disease," the statement
The statement said that all the suspected cases are being
treated as outpatients at a treatment center set up at Kisenyi
Health Center III in the capital Kampala.
"Investigations so far reveal that people are being
infected from some thing they are eating/ drinking from
their work stations.
"The cause of the infection is suspected to be a
contaminated drinking water source around the affected
areas," the statement said.
Typhoid fever is an acute illness associated with fever
caused by bacteria from a group called Salmonella.
The disease is transmitted through eating food/ drinking
water that is contaminated with faeces.
"The government calls upon the public, especially those
in the central Kampala business area to stay calm as all
possible measures are being undertaken to contain the
outbreak," the ministry said.