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Uganda typhoid outbreak kills two, over 140 patients in hospital

KAMPALA Uganda (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 being investigated.

"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 said.

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.


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