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What is typhoid fever? What is the history of typhoid fever?

Typhoid fever is an acute illness associated with fever that is most often caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria. It can also be caused by Salmonella paratyphi, a related bacterium that usually leads to a less severe illness. The bacteria are deposited through fecal contamination in water or food by a human carrier and are then spread to other people in the area. Typhoid fever is rare in industrial countries but continues to be a significant public-health issue in developing countries.

The incidence of typhoid fever in the United States has decreased since the early 1900s. Today, approximately 5,700 cases are reported annually in the United States, mostly in people who recently have traveled to endemic areas. This is in comparison to the 1920s, when over 35,000 cases were reported in the U.S. This improvement is the result of improved environmental sanitation. Mexico and South America are the most common areas for U.S. citizens to contract typhoid fever. India, Pakistan, and Egypt are also known high-risk areas for developing this disease. Worldwide, typhoid fever affects more than 21 million people annually, with over 200,000 patients dying of the disease.

If traveling to endemic areas, you should consult with your health-care professional and discuss if you should receive vaccination for typhoid fever.

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Comment from: Noemi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I got Typhoid 15 years ago and it never came back until around 5 years ago. It was low level, no fever, just very low energy and headache. Now it is back. I got a blood test and it said I have 1/160 Typhi H. I got on Cipro 1gr for 7 days but it came back after two weeks. I took Cipro again for 10 days, same dose. I finished the dose but still have a rash, at the end of the day I start feeling bad, I lose energy, and I have itches under my skin. I guess I have to take another antibiotic to clear this up, but which one? 15 years ago, I was given the Ampicillin and that seemed to clear it up well.

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Comment from: geovanni11, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

This was really weird. I felt odd for about two months before I went in for blood tests. I felt bouts of dizziness and some random low grade headaches. I was freaking out because I had no idea what I had, doctors told me it was sinuses or allergies. I was first diagnosed with strep and was given antibiotics for 10 days, which somewhat helped but I developed new symptoms after I was done taking those antibiotics. I developed strange body pains, especially lower back and thighs. I went in for a blood test and tested positive for typhoid and paratyphoid fever. Strange thing though, I didn't have fever, but had occasional nausea and fatigue. I had it when I was 8 so I guess I am a carrier and happened to have mild symptoms again at 22. I'm on ciprofloxacin for 20 days 1 gm a day. Good luck to all suffering from typhoid fever!

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