Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health from City of Tshwane Rina Marx said that the typhoid fever is a systematic illness caused bacterial infection with the Salmonella Typhi. Spread by ingestion of contaminated food or water and direct contact from person to person.
She further went to say that the symptoms may include fever that is on and off during the first week but becomes sustained (lasting for 48 hours), headache, Abdominal pains /cramps, nausea and vomiting, constipation or diarrhea. Flu like symptoms may occur.
There is no reason for the public to be alarmed. Cases reported are distributed and there is currently no distinct cluster outbreak in the Tshwane District. Health department teams are monitoring all cases reported closely. She said.
Marx said that “In the last three months starting December 2021 to February 2022, only seven sporadic laboratory confirmed cases were reported through National Medical system. Two of these cases were reported in December, 4 cases in January 2022 and 1 case in February 2022. The cases are few and distributed and hospitals are able to manage”.
“Healthcare facilities give education on measures how to prevent the spread of the disease.”