in moonsoons, and with water logging a common sight around every corner, cases of people suffering from typhoid are rising. So before you reach for that yummy plate of pani puri or bhel, think about the possibility of contracting the disease.

Typhoid, also known as typhoid fever is a life threatening disease that is caused due to an infection by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) almost 21.5 million people in developing countries contract typhoid each year. Here are a few common questions about the disease answered:

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How is it diagnosed?

Usually diagnosed using a stool sample or blood sample, the presence of the bacterium is most easily visible either at the beginning or at the end of the disease.

Is there a cure?

Once diagnosed a patient is treated with antibiotics. A few years back, patients were treated using chloramphenicol. But after it showed to have severe side effects in some patients, the drug of choice has been changed to ciprofloxacin and ampicillin amongst others. Usually depending on the severity of the condition, a patient might be administered the drugs either orally or intravenously. Read about the latest break through in typhoid research: A new vaccine to fight typhoid.

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in moonsoons, and with water logging a common sight around every corner, cases of people suffering from typhoid are rising. So before you reach for that yummy plate of pani puri or bhel, think about the possibility of contracting the disease. Typhoid, also known as typhoid fever is a life threatening disease that is caused due to an infection by...