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Typhoid outbreak prompts protests over inadequate water system

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:655
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    A failure in the water delivery system in a small town near Johannesburg, Delmas, has caused a serious outbreak of typhoid fever. Three people are dead and more than 400 confirmed as having the disease.

    Another 2500 have diarrhoea, which may be connected to the outbreak. These figures are expected to rise.

    Nurses have been brought into the area from nearby Gauteng province. Freshwater is being bussed into the area by tanker and the government is now providing some 13 000 households with freshwater while solutions are found for the …

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