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March

Africa needs clean water to cut the high typhoid rate
Mail & Guardian
March 22, 2017

  • Safe water and sanitation is necessary to cut down rates of waterborne diseases like typhoid

Brazil’s rotten meat scandal: What we know
Inquirer
March 22, 2017

  • Scandal erupting in Brazil over allegations of corruption in the meat industry, resulting in carcinogenic substances and salmonella found on products

187 cases of waterborne disease reported last week
Times of India
March 21, 2017

  • Waterborne diseases are on the rise in Ahmedabad
  • 35 cases of typhoid reported during the last week

Stop wasting sewage to save ‘finite’ supplies of fresh water, warns UN
Independent
March 20, 2017

  • The United Nations has called for the world to stop throwing sewage away, as fresh water is finite and should be re-used

Water, food shortage cause hundreds of Typhoid infections in Mosul
The Baghdad Post
March 17, 2017

  • Almost 300 cases of typhoid have been reported on the liberated left bank of Mosul due to a shortage of food and water

Epidemics threatening the population of Mosul and warnings of a humanitarian disaster
Al Jazeera
March 16, 2017

  • 276 cases of typhoid have been documented in the eastern part of Mosul, potentially triggering a health disaster due to an inability to meet aid needs

UN announces interagency group to coordinate global fight against antimicrobial resistance
UN News Centre
March 16, 2017

  • The heightened threat of antimicrobial resistance has spurred the United Nations to establish an interagency coordination group

Enteric Fever Responsible for Death of 2 Students at Queens College-LASG
PM News Nigeria
March 16, 2017

  • The Lagos state government confirmed that the death of two students and hospitalization of several others at Queens College in Lagos was caused by typhoid fever

‘Our cost-effective test will help detect typhoid in just 7 hours’
The Hindu
March 15, 2017

  • An Indian start-up has developed a diagnostic test that can identify typhoid and generate an antibiotic susceptibility profile within 7 hours
  • The test is called iMC2-iAST, which stands for Immune-Magnetic Cell Capture and Instant Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test

Typhoid outbreak in NW Zambia Kills 2
Xinhua
March 15, 2017

  • Typhoid has hospitalized 11 and killed two in a remote area in northwestern Zambia, authorities say

Threat of typhoid fever epidemic looms large over Wagoora
The Tribune India
March 13, 2017

  • People in Wagoora, India face the threat of typhoid as the Public Health Engineering Department continue to supply them with unsafe water

‘Typhoid fever, flu could spread amid hiked exchanges after unification’
The Dong-A Ilbo
March 13, 2017

  • If unification between the two Koreas occurs, typhoid fever and other diseases could spread widely in the population, as patterns of disease have differed drastically between the North and the South

Almost 500 sick and two dead but Salmonella outbreak looks to be ending
Food Quality News
March 9, 2017

  • After sickening almost 500 and killing two, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Polish eggs is dying down

Update on Multi-Country Salmonella Outbreak: Steep Fall in Reported Cases
EIN News
March 8, 2017

  • A multi-country European outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis has subsided from a peak in September 2016

Researchers discover new variant on notorious resistance gene
Science Daily
March 6, 2017

  • New variant on resistance gene MCR-1 found in Salmonella in a healthy carrier in China
  • Gene variant, called MCR-1.6, confers resistance to last-resort polymyxin antibiotics
  • Investigators fear spread of disease via healthy carriers

Tongans encouraged to prioritize hygiene
Radio New Zealand
March 6, 2017

  • Two cases of typhoid in Tonga have prompted authorities to encourage people to prioritize their hygiene

Food sharing banned in Tongan village following typhoid case
Radio New Zealand
March 6, 2017

  • After a case of typhoid was diagnosed in a Tongan village, the village has temporarily banned the sharing of food

Drought triggers fear of water-borne diseases
The Times of India
March 6, 2017

  • A drought is putting Palskkad, India at risk of waterborne diseases like typhoid

Parents protest Queen’s College pupil’s death
The Nation Online
March 3, 2017

  • Parents are bitter after two junior secondary students died at Queen’s College, one from typhoid
  • The deaths were caused by drinking unclean water
  • One parent reported that both of his daughters came down with typhoid after he withdrew them from school

February

WHO’s First-Ever List of the Dirty Dozen Superbugs
NPR
February 28, 2017

  • Salmonella is “high priority” on the list of twelve superbugs that are running out of treatment options

WHO publishes list of bacteria for which new antibiotics are urgently needed
World Health Organization
February 27, 2017

  • WHO released a catalogue of 12 antibiotic “priority pathogens” which pose the greatest threat to human health, calling for new research efforts

Gurgaon: Seasonal diseases make an appearance ahead of time
Hindustan Times
February 27, 2017

  • A sudden change in temperature in Gurgaon, India has resulted in a 30% rise in cases of seasonal diseases, including typhoid

Treated water for villagers
The Fiji Times Online
February 27, 2017

  • The contaminated water supply from the Batiri river used by villagers during dry spells has been blamed for causes of typhoid in the village in past years.
  • After a new piping system, the 300 villagers of Batiri in Cakaudrove will no longer worry about a typhoid outbreak

Dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise for children in the U.S., study finds
The Washington Post
February 25, 2017

  • Rising infections caused by bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics is causing longer hospitalizations and may mean a higher risk of death for children in the United States
  • 3 out of 5 children admitted to hospitals already had an antibiotic-resistant infection

Increase in Salmonella cases suggest persistent contamination source
Food Quality News
February 22, 2017

  • An increase in Salmonella Chester cases each summer could point to persistent sources of contamination in Morocco and other West African countries, possibly from seafood

Common Salmonella types now showing extremely high multi-drug resistance, says EU report
Independent Ireland
February 22, 2017

  • Infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to antimicrobials lead to about 25,000 deaths in the EU every year
  • Multi-drug resistance in Salmonella bacteria is high across the EU

Salmonella food poisoning could damage your DNA
Cornell Chronicle
February 21, 2017

  • Certain Salmonella strains were linked to DNA damage, possibly indicating long-term health consequences

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak
Nature
February 16, 2017

  • Ancient bacterial DNA recovered from several Aztecs buried in southern Mexico matched that of Salmonella, specifically Paratyphi C

Typhoid Surfaces Again in Harare, Zimbabwe
Big News Network
February 16, 2017

  • Nine deaths from the disease, 85 confirmed cases and 2,352 suspected cases have been reported since the outbreak as of Jan. 1

By mid-January, the ministry said the numbers of new cases were diminishing, with seven confirmed cases, 411 suspected cases and two deaths from typhoid reported as of Jan. 17
People told to be wary of unauthorized vaccinators
February 15, 2017
The Hindu

  • Unauthorized vaccinators in Visakhapatnam have been charging for the administration of vaccines, including typhoid

Zimbabwe: Zinwa to Embark on Water Quality Tests Countrywide
February 14, 2017
All Africa

  • The Zimbabwe National Water Authority is going on a nationwide testing of borehole water quality
  • This comes after tests in Harare confirmed contamination of borehole water

Nigeria’s Crowded Camps Fuel Disease Fears From Open Defecation
February 14, 2017
All Africa

  • Refugees in Nigeria’s camps feel no choice but to defecate in the open, raising fears of diseases like typhoid

How expired malaria drug caused death of West Africa Idol star Eric Arubayi
February 13, 2017
Premium Times Nigeria

  • Nigerian gospel artist Eric Arubayi Jr was sick with malaria and typhoid, and died from taking expired medication

Amid typhoid doctors down tools
February 11, 2017
New Zimbabwe

  • In the midst of a typhoid outbreak, Zimbabwe doctors are going on strike over reneged government promises

Oxfam Committed to Typhoid Fight
February 10, 2017
H-Metro

  • OXFAM says it is committed to work with Government and local authorities in helping avoid the spread of the typhoid

“Typhoid crisis far from over”
February 10, 2017
The Zimbabwean

  • The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has said that typhoid in Harare hasn’t been addressed yet because the city council had not addressed the major drivers of the disease such as water shortages, poor sanitation and non-collection of refuse in residential areas
  • The official number of cases is 132, but CHRA contended the figure is above 300

One of eight typhoid patients in Tawau dies
February 9, 2017
Daily Express

  • One of the eight typhoid patients in Tawau has died but authorities have yet to determine if the patient had passed away due to the disease itself

Intestinal pathogen drops gene, spreads through body—and sub-Saharan Africa
Scope Blog
February 8, 2017

  • A mutant strain of non-typhoidal Salmonella, ST313, is uncharacteristically adept at breaking out of the intestine into the bloodstream
  • Hungry children and HIV-infected adults are most susceptible to infection

Health Department Denies Typhoid Outbreak in Tawau, Confirm 1 Dead
February 8, 2017
Borneo Today

  • Seven endemic typhoid cases and one typhoid death were from endemic typhoid fever, not an outbreak, says Sabah Health Department
  • Rumor spread on social media of an outbreak centered on a fish market, but no evidence

Sabah monitors increase of typhoid incidence
February 7, 2017
New Straits Times

  • Sabah Health Department is carefully monitoring the sudden increase of typhoid cases in Tawau
  • Eight cases in Tawau and one in Kinabatangan

Concern over typhoid outbreak at Kondotty
February 7, 2017
The Hindu

  • More than 200 people attending a wedding were affected by paratyphoid
  • Same strain as the paratyphoid outbreak at another wedding last March

Rights commission probes Harare City
February 7, 2017
The Herald

  • The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission is investigation whether Harare’s City Council’s poor service delivery constituted a gross violation of resident’s rights, resulting in a typhoid outbreak which claimed two lives and left 150 hospitalized

Sorting out Harare water problems long overdue
February 7, 2017
Zimbabwe Daily

  • Editorial calls for proper water and sanitation infrastructure to be built in Harare

“No water in Harare is safe”
February 5, 2017
Bulawayo24

  • Many of Harare’s sources of waters are contaminated due to transposition of matter by rainwater, research by the Environmental Management Agency confirms
  • Harare’s borehole water contained fecal matter, and boreholes near graveyards were susceptible to contamination from decomposing corpses
  • EMA recommends that Harare residents boil all drinking water regardless of source

Harare council admits blame for typhoid
February 3, 2017
New Zimbabwe

  • The Harare City Council has admitted blame for the outbreak of typhoid which has claimed at least three lives in the Zimbabwe capital

Contaminated boreholes to be decommissioned
February 2, 2017
Daily News

  • Harare boreholes which have been confirmed to be contaminated will be decommissioned
  • Health minister David Parirenyatwa claims that 95 percent of underground water sources in high-density areas were polluted

22 new diarrhoeal cases detected in Chidamoyo
February 2, 2017
Herald

  • At least 22 new diarrheal cases detected in Chidamoyo, three of which have been confirmed as typhoid

January

Typhoid cases fall
January 30, 2017
Top News

  • Cases of typhoid are falling in Harare, with only four patients with suspected typhoid admitted to hospitals
  • The city is offering free treatment to people suspected of having typhoid

Two typhoid cases recorded in Hurungwe
January 30, 2017
News Day

  • Two cases of typhoid confirmed in Hurungwe district, over 100 others still being tested
  • Preliminary investigations indicated that people from six affected villages drew drinking water from the nearby river

Typhoid: CDC to the rescue
January 26, 2017
News Day

  • Centre for Diseases Control-Zimbabwe has dispatched a team to help the government fight typhoid
  • Staff are tracing patterns of transmissions and helping to identify any antibiotic resistance

Sewerage raises a stink in sector 10A in Gurgaon
January 26, 2017
The Times of India

  • The main sewage line in Gurgaon has broken and is flowing onto the street, flooding neighborhoods and raising the risk of waterborne diseases

Zimbabwe: Floods to Worsen Zimbabwe’s Health Woes
January 26, 2017
All Africa

  • Heavy flooding countrywide in Zimbabwe raise the risk factor of the country’s current typhoid outbreak

Transform Zimbabwe condemns absent leaders
January 23, 2017
ZW News

  • Christian-led opposition party Transform Zimbabwe has criticized the current government for the typhoid outbreak

Council, EMA in joint clean-up campaign
January 23, 2017
News Day

  • The Environmental Management Agency joined the Harare City Council in cleaning up illegal dumpsites in Harare

Zimbabwe: Harare in deep water over typhoid outbreak
January 22, 2017
Daily Maverick

  • Chronic failures in providing water and sanitation have turned Harare into a “breeding ground for disease”
  • Vendor ban is likely only to make things worse
  • This outbreak could affect who wins Harare in the national elections in 2018

Zimbabwe: Harare Typhoid Victim’s Sad Tale
January 22, 2017
All Africa

  • A 33-year-old single mother of four and street food vendor, living in Harare, tells the story of her typhoid diagnosis

Typhoid: Harare City Council and Zimbabwe Republic Police Confiscate Food Items and Pushcarts from Illegal Vendors
January 19, 2017
New Zimbabwe

  • After a ban on food vending was met with defiance, Harare and Zimbabwe police are confiscating food and carts from vendors

Ministers condemn Mbare Musika
January 18, 2017
News Day

  • Health minister David Parirenyatwa was shocked by conditions in Harare’s high-density suburb, Mbare, which is the epicenter of the typhoid outbreak

Typhoid claims another victim in Harare
January 18, 2017
News 24

  • A thirteen-year-old girl is the latest casualty of the typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe
  • She lived in Mbare, a high-density suburb on the outskirts

Health levy put on ice
January 18, 2017
News Day

  • A levy on airtime purchases intended to fund medical purchases by the Health and Child Care Ministry has been delayed
  • Of the $281 million allocated to the Health and Child Care Ministry, salaries take up $223 million and $41 million go to paying down debts, leaving only $9 million for operational costs, meaning that the ministry has no funds to combat outbreaks like typhoid

A call to take decisive measures to eradicate typhoid!
January 18, 2017
The Zimbabwean

  • The Civil Society Health Emergency Response Coordinating Committee expresses alarm at the outbreak of typhoid
  • Water-borne diseases like typhoid are preventable; the outbreak therefore represents a clear failure of government

Zimbabwe: Typhoid Cases Fall
January 17, 2017
All Africa

  • Number of both confirmed and suspected typhoid cases are going down
  • Ministry of Health working on unblocking drains and sewers and collecting refuse

Typhoid outbreak spreads to Harare prisons
January 17, 2017
New Zimbabwe

  • Sources in the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services confirmed that two penitentiaries are battling a serious typhoid outbreak
  • Unconfirmed number of prisoners may be dead from typhoid

Zimbabwe Doctors Call for Clean Water to Fight Typhoid Outbreak
January 17, 2017
Voice of America

  • Doctors and aid organizations have called on the government to improve water and sanitation

No action plan to prevent typhoid fever – health officials
January 17, 2017
Botswana Guardian

  • No plans in place to prevent typhoid fever from reaching Botswana from neighboring Zimbabwe
  • Officials meeting with CDC Botswana

Aid Groups Help Zimbabwe Fight Typhoid Outbreak
January 13, 2017
Voice of America

  • International aid groups have responded to Zimbabwe’s appeal for assistance
  • Oxfam has been supplying water treatment chemicals to typhoid-affected areas and deploying health education volunteers

Typhoid: Stop politicking over dead bodies
January 13, 2017
Zimbabwe Independent

  • Opinion piece argues that the Harare City Council should accept blame for their failures in allowing typhoid, instead of pointing fingers at poor street vendors

Zimbabwe: No End in Sight to Deadly Zimbabwe Typhoid
January 13, 2017
All Africa

  • Typhoid outbreak continues to rage in Zimbabwe, as conditions continue to facilitate the spread of typhoid and the health sector continues to struggle without doctors or medicines

Harare in vendors threat no-show
January 13, 2017
News Day

  • Despite the Harare’s City Council’s threats of a vendor ban and the 48-hour warning period, vendors continue to do business as normal

Govt slams council’s 48-hr ultimatum on vendors
January 13, 2017
The Herald

  • The government has condemned Harare City Council’s food vendor ban, saying that service delivery, rather than food vendors, should be the priority

Doctors slam failure to contain typhoid
January 12, 2017
Daily News

  • Doctors in Zimbabwe are appalled at local authorities and central government for allowing citizens suffer from typhoid, a preventable disease

Typhoid case recorded in Mutare
January 12, 2017
News Day

  • One typhoid case has been recorded in Mutare, Zimbabwe, which is now on high alert
  • Officials say that the case was contracted elsewhere

Vendors, council clash looms
January 12, 2017
News Day

  • The vendor’s association in Zimbabwe is ready to approach the high court for an interdiction if the Harare city council continues to push the contentious ban on street food, which they claim will reduce the spread of typhoid
  • Vendors have been protesting the loss of their livelihoods

Typhoid outbreak: Mugabe’s minister blames MDC
January 11, 2017
News 24

  • A minister in Mugabe’s government has accused the opposition party of responsibility for the typhoid outbreak in Harare

ZADHR – Statement on the Failure to Stem the Spread of Typhoid in Harare
January 11, 2017
Relief Web

  • The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights is appalled by the continuing spread of typhoid and calls on the government to come up sustainable solutions, not just emergency interventions

Council Faces Lawsuit Over Typhoid
January 11, 2017
Bulawayo 24

  • The Community Working Group on Health have been considering suing the Harare City Council following the deaths of two residents of Mbare, a high-density suburb of Harare, saying that the city council’s negligence in providing water or health services is to blame for the outbreak

Harare evicts vendors over typhoid outbreak fears
January 10, 2017
IOL News

  • The Harare City Council is giving street food vendors 48 hours to comply with the vending ban or face eviction
  • Food vendors have been defiant of the ban, which the city council says is in the public interest

Bulawayo on Typhoid Alert
January 10, 2017
NewsDay

  • The Bulawayo City Council is on alert after several typhoid scares that later proved not to be typhoid

Govt on High Alert After Zim Typhoid Outbreak
January 9, 2017
Times of Swaziland

  • The Ministry of Health of Swaziland advised Swazis living in or travelling to Zimbabwe to take precautions from typhoid

South Africa Prepares for Possible Typhoid Outbreak
January 9, 2017
Business Tech

  • The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has announced plans to prevent typhoid fever from spreading to South Africa from neighboring Zimbabwe

Editorial Comment: Harare Must Emulate Bulawayo in Typhoid Fight
January 9, 2017
Chronicle

  • An editorial makes the case that the Harare City Council must emulate the Bulawayo City Council in managing water and delivering services

Parirenyatwa hails BCC for keeping city clean
January 9, 2017
Chronicle

  • Health and Child Care Minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa commended Bulawayo for keeping the city clean, preventing typhoid
  • There are no cases of typhoid in Bulawayo, in contrast to Harare

BCC issue advice to residents on prevention of typhoid
January 9, 2017
Bulawayo 24

  • The Bulawayo City Council indicated that the city’s tap water is safe to drink but warned residents to be careful of typhoid

Why has Zimbabwe banned street food?
January 9, 2017
TRT World

  • Overview of the Zimbabwe street food ban and the effort to manage the spread of typhoid in Harare

As Mugabe Gets Pampered in Singapore
January 9, 2017
News DZE Zimbabwe

  • Opinion piece blasting the Zimbabwean government for asking church leaders for the $250,000 needed for refuse collection and other typhoid preventative measures

Zimbabwe Steps up Typhoid Fight
January 9, 2017
CNC News

  • Zimbabwe has formed an inter-ministerial committee to address typhoid, coming up measures to contain spread such as banning food vendors on the streets, enhancing waste management, stopping illegal dumpsites, improving sewage systems and providing health education

Typhoid outbreaks a Mugabe legacy
January 8, 2017
The Standard

  • Opinion piece arguing that the Zimbabwean typhoid outbreak is the result of the infrastructure decay and economic stagnation that occurred under President Mugabe’s administration

Zimbabwe: Zim Govt Raises Cholera Fears, Appeals for Aid
January 8, 2017
News24Wire

  • Zimbabwe’s government has appealed to donor partners and church leaders to raise at least $250,000 needed to combat the typhoid outbreak
  • The outbreak has killed at least nine, and another 2,225 cases have been recorded. There are also fears of cholera

Zimbabwe: Vendors Laugh Off Ban, Blame Typhoid on Govt
January 6, 2017
All Africa

  • Street food vendors in Harare have refused to obey a government ban on the selling of vegetables and fruits, saying that the state must first give them jobs
  • Vendors point out that typhoid has spread due to unclean water, uncollected garbage and burst sewage in the high-density suburbs, and is not present in the central district where vendors sell food

Typhoid outbreak: Parirenyatwa fumes
January 4, 2017
News Day

  • Health and Child Care Minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa blasted the Harare City Council for allowing the typhoid outbreak to happen, accusing them of neglecting their duties to the city

Typhoid menace…76% cases reported in Harare
January 4, 2017
The Herald

  • Harare has contributed 76% of overall typhoid cases countrywide in Zimbabwe

‘Borehole water could be contaminated’
January 4, 2017
Daily News

  • Health Minister David Parirenyatwa warned that water from boreholes in Harare must be tested for contamination

Texas team develops oral vaccine against Salmonella
January 4, 2017
Food Safety News

  • Researchers at the University of Texas have developed an oral vaccine for Salmonella
  • Will likely take about five years to be available to the public

Typhoid hits Masvingo city, days after Zanu Pf conference
January 3, 2017
Zimbabwe Newsday

  • An outbreak of typhoid has hospitalized at least 10 people in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, days after a Zanu PF conference that may have ignited the outbreak
  • The conference, which hosted over 10,000 delegates, was staffed by prisoners, who may have spread the disease

More typhoid cases feared
January 3, 2017
The Herald

  • At least 19 people with typhoid admitted into clinics in Harare this year, following two deaths in the city
  • No apparent end to upsurge
  • At least 2,160 suspected cases reported countrywide, confirmed 77 cases and seven deaths

Ahmedabad: Vector-borne cases rise sharply in 2016
January 3, 2017
The Indian Express

  • Typhoid cases in Ahmedabad rose from 2,342 in 2015 to 3,016 in 2016

Salmonella bacteria threatens Mudumalai
January 2, 2017
The Times of India

  • Suspected Salmonella bacteria in the Dhodda Moyar river have killed cattle and at least two elephants
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