Typhoid is a bacterial infection that can lead to a high fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. It can be fatal. It is caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi. The infection is often passed on through contaminated food and drinking water, and it is more prevalent in places where handwashing is less frequent.
Typhoid fever is an infection that spreads through contaminated food and water.
Vaccines are recommended in areas where typhoid fever is common.
Symptoms include high fever, headache, stomach pain, weakness, vomiting and loose stools.
Treatment includes antibiotics and fluids.
More than 60 years back, typhoid epidemics used to claim thousands of lives every year. But now, on account of research and advancement in medical science, it has been controlled largely.
Typhoid fever is an acute infectious disease caused by the typhoid bacillus. In medical terminology, it is called bacillus salmonella typhosa. It enters the body via contaminated food, water, or milk and finally reaches the bloodstream.
It infects the blood and poisons the system. Among its main symptoms are fever, cough, headache, skin eruption, enlargement of the spleen, and a fall in the number of white cells. There may also be a loss of appetite. Persistent fever develops which gradually rises, reaching up to 39.4°C or 40°C. After a spell of one or two weeks, it starts falling. In about 30 days, the temperature becomes normal.
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