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Antibiotic-Resistant Typhoid Spreading Across Asia, Africa

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – An antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria that causes typhoid fever has spread to many countries and reached epidemic levels in Africa, a new study warns. The strain, H58, emerged in South Asia between 25 and 30 years ago and has slowly grown to become one of the predominant forms of the bacteria Salmonella Typhi, said study author Vanessa Wong, a microbiologist at the University of Cambridge in England. "This multidrug-resistant strain, H58, is resistant to a number of first-line antibiotics used to treat the disease and is continuing to evolve and acquire new mutations to newer drugs," Wong said. Typhoid presents no direct threat to people living in the United States, where clean water supplies and good sanitation prevent exposure to the bacteria, said Dr. Henry Chambers, chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor at the ... Read more

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Antibiotic Resistance Among Foodborne-Illness Germs a Mixed Bag: CDC

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 – There's good news and bad news about antibiotic resistance among the germs that cause foodborne illnesses, a new U.S. government report released Tuesday shows. "Our latest data show some progress in reducing resistance among some germs that make people sick, but unfortunately we're also seeing greater resistance in some pathogens, like certain types of salmonella," Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an agency news release. Each year, antibiotic-resistant infections from foodborne germs cause about 430,000 illnesses in the United States, according to the CDC. The agency's latest data, from 2012, show that multidrug-resistant salmonella, which causes about 100,000 illnesses a year, decreased during the past 10 years and resistance to ... Read more

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Malaria, Typhoid Pose Biggest Threat to Travelers in Tropics

Posted 18 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 – Malaria and typhoid fever – not the much-feared Ebola virus – are the biggest health threats for travelers to tropical regions of the world, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 80,000 people in Australia, Europe, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and North America who sought medical care after traveling to the tropics between 1996 and 2011. More than 3,600 (4.4 percent) of the patients had one of 13 life-threatening diseases. Thirteen of the patients died, including 10 with malaria, according to the study, which was published online Jan. 16 in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Malaria accounted for nearly 77 percent of the diagnoses, followed by fevers such as typhoid fever (18 percent) and leptospirosis (2.4 percent). Malaria is caused by a parasite spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes. Typhoid fever is ... Read more

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International Travel Raises Risk of Typhoid

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 25 – International travel is the most common cause of infection with an antimicrobial-resistant strain of typhoid fever among patients in the United States, a new study finds. About 300 cases of typhoid fever are reported in the United States each year, and the majority of these cases are associated with foreign travel, especially to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Over the last 20 years, the emergence of Salmonella serotype Typhi strains resistant to antimicrobial drugs has complicated the treatment of patients in the United States, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC team studied data on 1,902 people, median age 22, treated for typhoid fever in the United States between 1999 and 2006, and examined the test results of 2,016 Salmonella Typhi samples submitted to the CDC for analysis. The researchers found that 1,295 (73 ... Read more

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