A recent expert meeting on typhoid epidemiological modeling, organized by the Coalition against Typhoid, marks one of the first attempts to jolt governments into action against typhoid fever, a disease that is thriving largely unnoticed in many developing countries.

Harare, Zimbabwe has struggled to control an epidemic of typhoid fever that has affected the metropolitan area since October, 2011. Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry has reported 1,865 cases of typhoid fever thus far, averaging between 30 and 50 new cases per day, according to media sources. Although no deaths have been reported, the epidemic’s continued spread has had profound effects on local productivity and quality of life.