Typhoid Fever Cases suspected in Uganda

by Wayne Ghesquiere on March 20, 2015

Since February 2015 local health authorities and the World Health Organization has reported over 2100 suspected typhoid fever cases in Kampala, Uganda.  Identified specimens include both Salmonella Typhi and Salmonella Paratyphi.

The main sources of contamination are drinking water and juices.  The main water sources are heavily contaminated with E.coli and fecal matter.

Typhoid fever is a serious and life threatening infection.  It is transmitted through contaminated food and water and from person to person.  Symptom onset is 1-2 weeks and includes high fever, aches, pains, chills, fatigue, headaches, dizziness and a rash on the trunk.

Travellers heading to Uganda are recommended to protect themselves through vaccination against Typhoid Fever.  Travellers should seek travel health advise a minimum of 4-6 weeks prior to departure to ensure they are protected for upcoming travel abroad.

Travellers should practice extreme food and water safety precautions.  Cook It, Peel It, Boil It or Leave It!

There is also a vaccine to help protect against travelers diarrhea caused by E-Coli and Cholera called Dukoral.  For more information visit our page:  Food and Water Safety

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