Typhoid Tightens Grip on Pakistan

70 years ago, luck more than treatment generally determined whether typhoid victims would survive. Pakistan faces a return to that era, with more than 2000 cases of extensively drug-resistant Salmonella typhi in the last 6 months.
 
Only azithromycin works against the strain; if it fails too, that leaves only expensive and impractical intravenous drugs that require hospitalization. Researchers fear the outbreak could spill over into other countries as well.
 
The Quote: “I’m not sure what can be done, as the horse has bolted. This will jump boundaries before long,” said Zulfiqar Bhutta, a pediatrician with the Aga Khan University in Karachi.
 
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