Typhoid fever

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An overview of the causes, symptoms, treatment and ways to prevent your child from catching typhoid fever. This bacterial infection common in countries with poor sanitation and hygiene.

Key points

  • Typhoid fever is an infection. It is caused by bacteria.
  • Children can become very sick or even die without treatment.
  • The disease is common in countries with poor sanitation.
  • If your child is showing symptoms of typhoid fever, seek medical help right away.
  • Children over two years can be vaccinated. Speak to your doctor before travelling.
Last updated: May 7th 2010