While the number of officially acknowledged typhoid cases has now risen to over 500 across some parts of Kampala were health authorities and tourism stakeholders swift to point out that tourists are most unlikely to come into contact with the disease and that no additional precautions like preventative medication are required at this point.
Most of the cases are thought to originate from some of the city’s slums and those found infected appear to be working in and around the city’s taxi park and some of the markets.
Ministry of Health and Kampala Capital City Authority medical staff have broadly advised Kampaleans and visitors to refrain from buying any fruits, juices or ice cream from vendors on the street to avoid infection. They also confirmed that they suspect contaminated water sources, often wells tapped into by people unable to afford piped water, to be the main cause of the present outbreak.
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