United States warns Pakistan against an outbreak of typhoid fever resistant to drugs

The United States issued a health warning for Pakistan, alerting people to a continuous outbreak of typhoid fever "extensively drug resistant" that does not respond to most antibiotics.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday, the US Center UU for Disease Control and Prevention urged all travelers to "Pakistan or any other place in South Asia" to take special care with food and water and get vaccinated against typhoid fever, reports Dawn online.

He said that the level 2 alert had been triggered by the observation that several travelers to Pakistan returned to their countries of origin with the disease.

"All travelers to Pakistan are at risk of developing typhoid fever XDR, visitors or friends are at greater risk than tourists and business travelers," the CDC warned.

The outbreak of typhoid fever XDR began in Hyderabad, Sindh province, in November 2016.

This strain of Salmonella Typhi does not respond to most antibiotics used to treat typhoid fever.

The outbreak has spread to the city of Karachi and to multiple districts. Several deaths were reported, Dawn reported.

Public health authorities in Pakistan are identifying possible cases of typhoid fever, beginning typhoid vaccination campaigns in the most affected districts and disseminating educational messages on proper hand washing and safe food and water practices.


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