Q: A friend of mine came back from South America with a scary story about getting typhoid fever and almost dying! What is the chance of dying from it? A: A bacteria called Salmonella typhi causes typhoid fever. Worldwide, the CDC reports 16 million cases and 600,000 deaths. People with typhoid have fevers that peak at 103º to 104ºF (39º to 40ºC). Their heart rates are slower than normal for those at the body temperature. Rose sports may develop on their skin. Many report headache, malaise, stomach pains, and anorexia. Complications – perforated intestines, pneumonia, and severe infection of the heart or brain – cause death. The overall death rate for typhoid patents has been reported as high as 12-32% in the developing world, but less than 2% in industrialized countries. Q: How do you get typhoid? What should I avoid while traveling? . A: Typhoid fever has been around since the 1870s. it is transmitted when bacteria from human feces gets into food and water. This can happen when untreated waste or sewage water is unwittingly used as a source of water for bathing or cleaning vegetables. Anytime someone else prepares your food in a developing country, there is […]
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