Typhoid Fever

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Typhoid Fever

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Typhoid fever: a past, present, and future threat

For most communities in high-resource countries, typhoid fever is a distant memory. While it used to rampage major cities in the United States and Europe, typhoid fever was largely stamped out in the 1940s with the advent of antibiotics and improved sanitation. And for international travelers, two typhoid vaccines available at the local clinic eliminate most concerns about contracting the disease abroad.

However, for millions of people living in low- and middle-income countries, typhoid is a very present danger. Typhoid is a serious and life-threatening enteric fever, spread through contaminated food and water. It disproportionately impacts children and marginalized populations in…

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