Typhoid

Typhoid Fever

Typhoid fever is highly infectious and caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi (derived from salmonella food poisoning). Moreover, it effects vital organs and can lead to serious health complications including death if treatment does not start immediately. The areas with the highest rates of typhoid fever are the Indian subcontinent, some parts of South America, also Asia and Africa.

Unlike yellow fever, typhoid fever can be contracted with face-to-face contact with someone, through faecal matter and other bodily fluids that is then orally ingested through drinking or eating.

Risk areas for Typhoid Fever

Typhoid Fever Vaccination

Common symptoms of Typhoid Fever are:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stomach aches and pains
  • Coughing
  • Constipation
  • Small rashes

Precautions

To avoid this Typhoid Fever infection, a vaccination course is suggested for when travelling abroad; especially in areas that are rife with poor sanitary conditions or if you’re going to be in contact with locals who haven’t had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

It is also recommended to eat and drink from trusted and clean sources.

Content Reviewed By

Ghulam Haydar, MPharm, IPresc

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