Typhoid fever

Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria. Typhoid fever is rare in industrialized countries. However, it remains a serious health threat in the developing world, especially for children.

 
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Typhoid fever spreads through contaminated food and water or through close contact with someone who’s infected. Signs and symptoms usually include a high fever, headache, abdominal pain, and either constipation or diarrhea.

 

Most people with typhoid fever feel better within a few days of starting antibiotic treatment, although a small number of them may die of complications.

 

Symptoms

  • Fever that starts low and increases daily
  • Headache
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating
  • Dry cough
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Rash
  • Extremely swollen abdomen

 

Antibiotic therapy is the only effective treatment for typhoid fever.

 
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