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Outbreak of Typhoid in Uganda

13 March 2015

The typhoid outbreak in Uganda has spread with 15 districts now affected. Kampala, the hardest hit area, now has Ugandan military personnel to assist city authorities in fighting the outbreak. Patients are responding well to treatment and no new fatalities have been reported. Compassion works in 11 of the 15 districts.
  • Arua
  • Bugiri
  • Bukwo
  • Isingiro
  • Kabarole
  • Kampala
  • Manafwa
  • Mukono
  • Nebbi
  • Pallisa
  • Wakiso
Please pray for Compassion staff as they working closely with church partners to monitor the situation and for the authorities as they battle to get the outbreak under control.

No Compassion sponsred children have been affected by this outbreak.

23 February 2015

Uganda’s Ministry of Health has reported two deaths as a result of a Typhoid outbreak. An additional 30 people are receiving treatment for the disease. Currently, the disease is only affecting the districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono , Compassion has 55 church partners in this area, but none have reported any incidents of typhoid. Church staff are providing WaSH tool kits and trainings to limit and contain any outbreaks.

No Compassion sponsred children have been affected by this outbreak.

What is Typhoid?

Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body, affecting many organs. Without prompt treatment, it can cause serious complications and can even be fatal. It is caused by a bacterium called Salmonella typhi, which is related to the bacteria that cause salmonella food poisoning. Typhoid fever is highly contagious. An infected person can pass the bacteria out of their body in their stools (faeces) or, less commonly, in their urine. If someone else eats food or drinks water that has been contaminated with a small amount of infected faeces or urine, they can become infected with the bacteria and develop typhoid fever.

Who is affected?

Because of the way the infection is spread, typhoid fever is most common in parts of the world that have poor levels of sanitation and limited access to clean water. Children and younger adults are thought to be most at risk of developing typhoid fever.