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El Salvador: Rise in typhoid fever cases nationwide

Abnormally high rate of typhoid fever reported across El Salvador; take necessary precautions

09 Feb 01:21 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/9/2018, 12:00 AM until 3/2/2018, 11:59 PM (America/El_Salvador). COUNTRY/REGION El Salvador
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Event

Health officials in El Salvador are on alert due to an abnormally high number of typhoid fever cases reported in recent weeks (as of February 8). According to the Salvadorian Institute of Public Health (ISSS), case rates are high nationwide.

Context

Typhoid fever is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by Salmonella Typhi, usually contracted through ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the disease include diarrhea, rash, high fever, and abdominal pain. Symptoms occur between six and 30 days after exposure to the disease. Vaccines are available for specific types of typhoid fever.

The bacteria is most often found in dairy products (e.g. milk, cheese, ice cream), shellfish, uncooked vegetables, eggs, and tap water.

Advice

Individuals in El Salvador are advised to only consume bottled or treated water, eat thoroughly-cooked foods, thoroughly wash and/or peel raw fruits and vegetables, and seek medical attention if experiencing the above symptoms.

 

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