Untreatable Typhoid Threatens Global Health

The world let down its guard on typhoid, and now untreatable strains threaten to cause a major global health emergency, Oxford Martin School researchers warn in a supplement on typhoid in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
 
The disease—largely eliminated in wealthier countries—still affects 11 million people a year. International neglect, insufficient infrastructure and vaccine programs, and over-reliance on antibiotics are all to blame.
 
The researchers caution that new vaccines, while promising, won’t be enough. They call on global health institutions to inject new resources to the fight, offering suggestions in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

“Popular notions of typhoid as a disease of the past are a myth - for poorer countries, the spectre of typhoid has never gone away,” says the University of Oxford’s Claas Kirchhelle, lead author of a piece on typhoid’s past and future.
 
Press Association

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