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30 Dec 2018 | 03:22 PM UTC

Pakistan: Typhoid fever outbreak reported in Sindh province

Pakistan News Alert

Typhoid fever outbreak reported in Sindh province; at least 4533 cases reported as of mid-December

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/28/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Sindh province

Event

Health officials in Sindh province reported at least 4533 cases of typhoid fever as of mid-December, a 520 percent increase over the number of cases reported in the area in 2017. The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over increasing transmission rates. The most affected areas include Karachi and Hyderabad.

Context

Typhoid fever is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by Salmonella Typhi, usually contracted via ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the disease can include high fever, diarrhea, rash, headache, and abdominal pain.

Advice

Individuals in Sindh province are advised to only consume bottled or purified water, eat thoroughly cooked foods, disinfect and/or peel raw fruits and vegetables, wash hands frequently, seek medical attention if experiencing the above symptoms, and consult a doctor regarding vaccination options.

 

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