Travellers carry typhoid fever to Australia

Health authorities have expressed concern regarding the number of reported cases of typhoid fever in travellers returning to Australia, especially since many of the cases have occurred in Australians of Indian descent returning from visiting family and friends on the subcontinent. So far in 2013, there have been 101 cases, 32 of whom occurred in January alone. Typhoid fever can be a dangerous infection, but travellers can reduce their risk of exposure by avoiding consuming contaminated food or water. Vaccination against typhoid fever before departure should be considered, especially if unsafe food cannot be avoided.

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