Harare has been hit by several cases of typhoid, sparking fears of a major outbreak in the city.
City Health Director, Dr Prosper Chonzi this week told the media three cases of the disease had been reported.
The cases, confirmed in the areas of Glen Norah, Hopley and Hatfield, were of concern due to food being prepared in unhygienic conditions in certain parts of the citya n.
Dr Chonzi, however, called for calm among residents, saying that more than 30 cases of typhoid constitute an outbreak and that measures were being taken to curtail a further spread of the disease.
The announcement is the latest of several outbreaks to hit the capital in recent years.
Dr Chonzi urged residents to continue basic hygiene practices such as washing hands before meals and treating water at the point of use.
He also appealed to any citizens experiencing diarrhea to seek medical attention early in order to prevent the spread of the disease.
Typhoid is caused by a bacteria called salamonella typhi. People contract typhoid through drinking water or eating food that is contaminated with salamonella typhi. Flies can contribute to the spread of typhoid.
Common signs and symptoms of typhoid include very high fever ,sweating, general aches and pains, headache, diarrhea, stomach pains (gastroenteritis), poor appetite, rash and weakness.
In order to prevent typhoid, proper sanitation, good hygiene and proper handwash have to be observed. Boiling or chlorinating all drinking water, washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly as well as maintaining a clean environment must be done every time.