Epidemiologists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Katie O'Connor and Rachel Slayton, have just concluded their mission to assist the typhoid response team with their investigations.
According to the US embassy, the experts have been working closely with the Harare City Health Department and represents the US government in technical meetings.
The health experts, who have worked on numerous CDC outbreak response teams in the United States and throughout the world, were in Harare from December 15 and concluded their mission with a meeting with City Health Authorities.
However, at the time of writing we could not get their report on the assessment mission.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health- through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
In Zimbabwe, CDC was established in 2000 and works to support and sharpen the policies, guidelines, standards, and programs of the Zimbabwean government in their fight against HIV and AIDS (with funding from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)), and other diseases through promoting the application of scientific findings.
The office is staffed by highly trained epidemiologists, medical officers, public health specialists, and laboratory specialists who provide essential technical and administrative assistance to implement health programmes in Zimbabwe.