United States (US) has issued a travel warning against the occurrence of an “extensively drug-resistant” typhoid fever.
Travelers are advised by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to remain extra careful as they visit “Pakistan or anywhere else in South Asia”.
US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has clearly stated that “All travelers to Pakistan are at risk of getting XDR typhoid fever.”
Adding, “Those who are visiting friends or relatives are at higher risk than are tourists and business travelers.”
America’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that those who are traveling to Pakistan or in anywhere in South Asia need to be careful regarding their food and water. Also as a precautionary measure, they must get a typhoid vaccination.
As per CDC, a two-level alert has been activated by the current outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan that is irresponsive to most of the antibiotics. The fever is unaffected by 5 different antibiotics and was recognized in Hyderabad in November 2016. Compared to tourists and business travelers, those visiting friends and family have a higher risk.
As it has spread all over Pakistan, at least four people died and over 800 have been seriously ill. At least 3 travelers have been infected with the fever, one returned to the UK and two returned to the US.
The typhoid fever that is caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria is extremely infectious and it spreads through contaminated food and water. Those places that are unhygienic and have poor sanitation have been affected the most.
The fever has spread in Hyderabad, Karachi and several other cities across Pakistan. Locals, tourists, men, women & children all need to be careful and avoid dining-out for time being.