Extensively drug-resistant typhoid in Pakistan

Released: January 30, 2019

Current situation

There is an ongoing outbreak of extensively-drug resistant (XDR) typhoid fever in Pakistan that does not respond to most antibiotics. Cases were first reported in Hyderabad and the city of Karachi, but the outbreak has now spread to other parts of the country. In 2018, cases of XDR typhoid fever were reported in travellers coming from Pakistan to the United States and the United Kingdom.

About typhoid

Typhoid fever is an illness that is caused by a type of Salmonella bacteria called Salmonella typhi.

Typhoid fever can be spread to humans through:

All travellers to Pakistan are at risk of getting XDR typhoid fever.

If you are travelling to visit friends and relatives, you are at higher risk of getting typhoid fever than tourists and business travellers. Travellers visiting family and friends are more likely to eat local food and be exposed to untreated water, which puts them at a greater risk for food and water-borne diseases.

Recommendations

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel.

Before your trip

During your trip

Monitor your symptoms

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