An outbreak of typhoid fever is suspected to have caused the hospitalisation of nearly 50 children in Jane Furse, Sekhukhune on Tuesday.
The Department of Health Spokesperson, Thabiso Teffo confirmed that the children were admitted to hospital and medical experts were running tests to determine the exact nature of their illness and reiterated that it was suspected to be typhoid fever.
Although Teffo did not have more information on the possible situation he did state that there might be a typhoid outbreak in the province, especially in the Sekhukhune district. He said the infected children were admitted at the Jane Furse and St Rita’s hospitals as one facility could not accommodate them all.
According to the internet typhoid or enteric fever is caused by a bacteria scientifically known as Salmonella typhi. It is an acute illness caused by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the faeces of an infected person and causes symptoms that vary from mild to severe and usually begin six to thirty days after exposure. Weakness, abdominal pain, constipation, and headaches also commonly occur while some people develop a skin rash with rose coloured spots. Twenty-five percent of infected persons die from the disease.
Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba was expected to visit the two hospitals yesterday (Wednesday) to assess the conditions of the children who had been admitted.
Story: ENDY SENYATSI