XDR Typhoid

A sudden outbreak of the drug-resistant XDR typhoid or superbug in Karachi and rural Sindh has raised in alarm amongst citizens.

Around a dozen people from across the province have reportedly lost lives due to the superbug that is resistant to even the most strong antibiotics.

For those who are unaware, XDR Typhoid is a serious water-borne infection caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhi.

The disease usually spreads through contaminated food and water.

The Sindh Health Department is planning to launch a vaccination campaign for ‘superbug’ typhoid fever in March.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Health Authorities have approached an Indian vaccine manufacturer, Bharat Biotech International Limited to supply of typhoid conjugate vaccine to contain the Extensively Drug Resistant (XDR) typhoid.

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Symptoms include:

  • high-grade fever
  • weakness
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • cough
  • loss of appetite

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has now released a health alert and launched a massive awareness campaign against this dangerous type of typhoid.

XDR Typhoid: Precautions You Must Take

  • Wash hands before eating and after using the bathroom
  • Drink boiled water
  • Disinfect water by filtering it or chemically treating it
  • Avoid food prepared by a sick person
  • Avoid street food
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating

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