The Health Ministry denied on Monday rumors of a typhoid epidemic sweeping the nation.
Abdel Aaty Abdel Aleem, head of the ministry's preventative medicine department, said that there have been no more than 800 typhoid cases scattered across the country. He blamed contaminated food for the outbreak.
Typhoid tends to spread in the hot summer months, when food is easily spoiled, Abdel Aleem continued. The preventative medicine department periodically follows up on cases across the governates to ensure the disease is contained, he added.
The official also said that there are about 400 new typhoid cases per month.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm