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A child collects clean water in Delmas, east of Johannesburg following an outbreak of the deadly typhoid virus. Reuters/Mujahid Safodien

Explainer: causes, symptoms and cures of typhoid fever

The danger with typhoid is that symptoms are quite insidious and mimic those of other infectious diseases.
Senegalese Mamou Tiang, who suffers from polio, begs for money outside a bank on a sidewalk in the capital Dakar. Nic Bothma/EPA

Africa is within reach of being declared a polio free region

It's been one year since the last polio case was reported in Africa. If the continent keeps this up, it could be declared polio free by 2018.

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