year more than 15 million people get typhoid fever and
more than a half million die from it.
Typhoid is caused by the bacteria called S. Typhi.
Itís passed in human feces or urine.
If a person eats or drinks a contaminated item, they will begin to
show symptoms of typhoid fever 1 to 3 weeks later.
The fever lasts 4 weeks. In
3 percent of the cases the patient dies.
In the past, typhoid fever was much more common because people had poor sanitation and hygiene. Now typhoid is rare in more developed countries.
To avoid catching typhoid when in typhoid infected regions, get a vaccination and stay away from risky foods. Try not to buy foods from street vendors. Drink bottled or boiled water. Wash, peel or otherwise avoid fruits and vegetables. Ask for drinks without ice unless the ice was made from bottled water or boiled water.
carry S. Typhi but do not show it are called carriers.
These carriers are contaminated and can spread the disease even if
they feel healthy.
Center for Disease Control. "Typhoid Fever." <www.cdc.gov/ncidocl/bdmb/diseaseinfo/typhoidfever-9.html> (November 12, 2003.)
"Typhoid Fever" <www.who.int/inf-fs/en/fact149.html>
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