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Typhoid Fever

What is Typhoid Fever?

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi.

Symptoms of Typhoid Fever

There are many symptoms associated with typhoid fever. The most common symptoms of typhoid fever are:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Malaise
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Myalgia
  • Mild vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in diarrhea

How is Typhoid fever spread?

Typhoid fever is spread via items that have been contaminated with the Salmonella Typhi bacteria. The bacteria lives only in humans. Persons with typhoid fever carry the bacteria in their bloodstream, intestinal tract and stool.

Can Typhoid Fever be Prevented?

Yes. Typhoid fever is rare in the United States. However, it is much more common in developing countries. When traveling abroad, be sure to talk to your doctor and see if you need to get vaccinated against typhoid fever.

Can Typhoid Fever be Treated?

Yes. The most common treatment is antibiotics and medication to reduce fever and joint pain.

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