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30 Nov 2019 | 02:49 AM UTC

Pakistan: Drug resistant typhoid outbreak reported in Pakistan November 15

Vaccination campaign starts amid drug-resistant typhoid outbreak November 15; at least 11,000 cases recorded since 2016

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Event

Health officials in Pakistan started a new vaccination campaign nationwide on Friday, November 15, to hinder the spread of a drug-resistant Typhoid fever strain. Since 2016, at least 11,000 drug resistant typhoid cases have been reported across Pakistan.

Context

Typhoid fever is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by Salmonella Typhi, usually contracted via ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the disease can include high fever, diarrhea, rash, headache, and abdominal pain.

Advice

Individuals in Pakistan are advised to only consume bottled or purified water, eat thoroughly cooked foods, disinfect and/or peel raw fruits and vegetables, wash hands frequently, seek medical attention if experiencing the above symptoms, and consult a doctor regarding vaccination options.