XDR typhoid cases top 5,800

In an update of information on extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever infections in Sindh province, EMRO’s Weekly Epidemiological Monitor sums up the situation from November 1, 2016 to February this year: 5,853 XDR typhoid cases across 19 districts - 68 percent in Karachi and 27 percent in Hyderabad. Concerns expressed in the bulletin include the ‘number of knowledge gaps which is hindering effective control of this outbreak’ and ‘the number of reported MDR cases are increasing and also reported from areas other than initially affected’. Read more

Advice for travellers

Typhoid is endemic in many developing regions, although it generally presents a low risk for short-stay travellers staying in western-style accommodation. Vaccination is itinerary specific, but is usually recommended for those staying or travelling extensively in rural areas, as well as for adventurous eaters and for travel to areas reporting drug-resistant typhoid. All travellers visiting endemic areas should follow safe food and water guidelines, and adopt strict personal hygiene practices. Read more about typhoid fever.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.