Typhoid fever is a serious disease that is caused by a bacterium in contaminated food or water. The risk is very low for travellers who have access to safe food and drinks.
Symptoms of typhoid fever usually develop one to two weeks after infection and include.
- High fever
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle and joint pain
Some patients have:
- Skin rash
This disease can be fatal without treatment. A previous infection of typhoid fever does not guarantee immunity.
Typhoid fever occurs mainly on the Indian sub-continent. The risk is lower in other countries in Asia, Central and South America and Africa.