What is it?
Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body, affecting many organs. Without prompt treatment, it can cause serious complications and can be fatal.
How is it spread?
It is transmitted by food and drink that has been contaminated with human faeces or urine (faecal-oral route).
Advice for Travellers?
Prevention is focused on ensuring safe food and water, particularly in countries where typhoid is more common. Foods to be wary of include shellfish, salads, unwashed fruit and vegetables and raw undercooked meat products.
Good personal hygiene is also very important. Individuals should ensure that they wash their hands prior to eating and after using the toilet.
Individuals should consider being vaccinated if they are travelling to a country where typhoid fever is more common and where they will be unable to take sufficient care with food and drink.
For more information on advice on vaccinations and how to minimise your exposure to typhoid please call us or visit us in store.