HARARE, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- A fresh outbreak of typhoid has hit Harare, Zimbabwe's capital city, since October this year, with at least 800 cases of typhoid have so far been recorded.
The disease that is being blamed on contaminated boreholes has spread to the dormitory town of Chitungwiza since October, according to reports by New Ziana on Wednesday.
Speaking during a full council meeting, Town Clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi said the cases in districts like Glenview, Dzivarasekwa and Budiriro were as a result of contaminated boreholes.
Mahachi said that of the 235 boreholes sunk in the city since 2008, 19 were polluted and we did superchlorification but three remained contaminated.
He said efforts were underway to stabilize the situation. "We have partnered with a company which is assisting in buying inline chlorinators and we are going to put them on all boreholes to make the water safe," he said.
The government has reactivated a taskforce to deal with the outbreak of typhoid and cholera amid fears it could reach the 2008 proportions.
Zimbabwe has over the past four years suffered from outbreaks of waterborne diseases with stakeholders admitting it was a result of the lack of safe water and proper waste management.