Month: February 2015
Danger as Typhoid sweeps through Kampala
Health authorities in Uganda have pressed the danger alarm button following an outbreak of the deadly typhoid fever in the capital- Kampala.
In just two weeks, over 700 people have been admitted in different health facilities in the city with authorities warning that the situation might worsen if the situation does not change.
According to the Ministry of Health, people must observe proper sanitation in an effort to keep the disease at bay.
However the most shocking fact is that several Ugandans especially in most at risk areas like fishing villages have little information on typhoid, its causes and how to prevent it (see video) something that is worrying experts.
According to World Health Organization, typhoid fever is a bacterial disease, caused by Salmonella typhi. It is transmitted through the ingestion of food or drink contaminated by the faeces or urine of infected people.
Symptoms usually develop 1–3 weeks after exposure, and may be mild or severe. They include high fever, malaise, headache, constipation or diarrhoea, rose-coloured spots on the chest, and enlarged spleen and liver. Typhoid fever can be treated with antibiotics. However, resistance to common antimicrobials is widespread.