Toward Typhoid Fever elimination

Farhana Khanam, Allen G. Ross, Nigel A.J. McMillan, Firdausi Qadri

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    Abstract

    Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi (S Typhi) causes typhoid fever and is responsible for an estimated 9 million cases and 110,000 deaths globally per annum. Typhoid fever is endemic in areas where water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) infrastructure is poor. Serious complications develop in approximately 10%-15% of patients if left untreated, and this is driven by inadequate diagnostic methods and the high burden of antibiotic-resistant strains, complicating clinical management and ultimately prognosis. Asymptomatic chronic carriers, in addition to acutely infected patients, contribute to continued transmission through the shedding of the organism in the feces. The high morbidity and mortality of typhoid fever in low- and middle-income countries reinforce the need for an integrated control approach, which may ultimately lead to elimination of the disease in the 21st century. Here we discuss the challenges faced in pursuit of typhoid fever elimination.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-43
    Number of pages3
    JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
    Volume119
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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