Harare reports mumps outbreak

Talent Gore

THE Harare Metropolitan Province has reported an outbreak of mumps (also known as Mahumunya) in health centres and schools throughout the city. 

“Harare City Council health services director, Dr Prosper Chonzi, is urging those affected to report to the nearest council clinics. 

Symptoms of mumps include fever and swelling of salivary glands lasting more than two days without a known cause, as well as pain on chewing or swallowing, general body weakness, loss of appetite, and swelling of testicles for boys. 

“We therefore request through your wider networks to communicate with parents and guardians referencing this letter to mobilise them to bring forward all children and adults who got infected or are currently infected with mumps to visit their council health centres and cite this letter to their health care providers,” he said.

For more information on the disease, residents can contact Dr Vere (epidemiologist) 0788 841 542 or LP Makwara (principal health promotion officer) 0775 633 472 or Matron P Chitando (nurse manager) 0772 335 839.

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