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Typhoid fever

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Introduction
Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection that can spread throughout the body, involving multiple organs. Without prompt treatment, it can be fatal.
Symptoms of typhoid fever
The symptoms of typhoid fever usually develop one or two weeks after a person becomes infected with the Salmonella typhi bacteria.
Causes of typhoid fever
Typhoid fever is caused by a type of bacteria called Salmonella typhi.
Diagnosing typhoid fever
You should see your GP if you think you have typhoid fever, particularly if you have recently returned from travelling abroad.
Treating typhoid fever
Typhoid fever can usually be successfully treated with a course of antibiotic medication.
Complications of typhoid fever
Complications caused by typhoid fever usually only occur in people who have not been treated with appropriate antibiotics, or who have had delayed treatment.
Typhoid fever vaccination
Vaccination against typhoid fever is recommended if you are travelling to parts of the world where the condition is common.
'I was lucky to survive without long-term problems'
Dominic Aguiar developed typhoid during a trip to India. He says it was lack of planning that caused the infection.