Typhoid fever is a bacterial disease that causes sepsis, which used to be called blood poisoning. The disease is spread through contaminated water or food that is not properly cooked or fried. Typhoid fever is a life-threatening disease if you do not receive treatment.
You can protect yourself against typhoid fever with vaccination. Typhoid fever is most common in Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.
Symptoms of typhoid fever
These symptoms are common in typhoid fever:
- You who have been infected with typhoid fever can get high fever for a long time.
- You have muscle aches and headaches.
- You first have constipation and then diarrhea.
- You seem confused or difficult to contact.
- You can sometimes get small pale red rashes on the body.
When should I seek care?
Seek immediate care if you have a high fever when you are in countries where there is a risk of infection. This also applies when you get a high fever after the trip.
Then typhoid fever infects
The infection is spread among other things with contaminated water or by eating food that is not properly cooked or fried. Often it is through food that has been cooked at too low a temperature so that the bacteria in the food have not died. It usually takes 10 to 14 days from the time you get infected until you get sick.
Treatment for typhoid fever
You will almost always get healthy if you are treated for typhoid fever. But sometimes internal organs can be damaged. The treatment consists of antibiotics.