Health Precaution: Get vaccinated before traveling to typhoid

Get vaccinated before traveling to typhoid
If you are planning a trip to Asia, North Africa or South America, you should get timely typhoid vaccine protection. This is indicated by health experts. In the affected countries, caution should be exercised with regard to drinking water and food.

Multidrug-resistant Tyhphus pathogens have spread worldwide
Vaccination and careful drinking water and food hygiene are becoming increasingly important for travel in typhoid areas. Those who are not protected as a precautionary measure can often no longer be treated successfully later, according to a news agency dpa. The Center for Travel Medicine( CRM) explains that in recent years, multidrug-resistant typhoid pathogens have spread worldwide that are no longer responsive to antibiotics. The experts refer to an essay in the journal "Nature Genetics".Infectious disease treatment will become more difficult and prevention more important.

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Severe diarrhea and high fever
Typhoid is a reportable disease caused by Salmonella. In addition to severe diarrhea and usually high fever, patients also experience unspecific general symptoms such as fatigue, headache, abdominal pain and constipation. In some cases, severe complications may occur in the form of cardiovascular disorders, kidney failure, meningitis or osteomyelitis.

Caution should be exercised especially with drinking water
The pathogen occurs in many countries in Asia, North Africa and South America. For travelers, both oral and injectable vaccine are available. Some health insurance companies pay the costs for vaccine prophylaxis. According to the CRM, the protection rate is only about 60 to 70 percent. Therefore, additional protective measures are useful. Travelers in particular should be cautious about drinking water and only buy it bottled in typhus areas. According to health experts, ice cubes should be better avoided. In addition, raw and unheated foods such as salads, seafood and unpeeled fruits should be avoided. Also important is proper and regular hand washing.(ad)

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