Typhoid fever – a threat for people traveling, if not vaccinated

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“This multidrug-resistant strain, H58, is resistant to a number of first-line antibiotics used to treat the disease and is continuing to evolve and acquire new mutations to newer drugs,” said  one of the authors, Vanessa Wong, a microbiologist at the University of Cambridge in England. That is why another doctor, Wanda Filer, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians, recommends that “people who are traveling to parts of the world where [typhoid] is endemic get the typhoid vaccine.”

Typhoid is contracted by drinking or eating contaminated matter and symptoms include nausea, fever, abdominal pain and pink spots on the chest. It’s a severe illness. Untreated, the disease can lead to complications which may prove fatal in up to 20 percent of patients. Vaccines are available but not widely used in poorer countries. Typhoid fever affects around 30 million people a year.

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