Curb typhoid epidemic through vaccination

Sebastian Ngida of Clean Hands Kenya helps Njoro DEB Primary School pupils wash their hands on October 2, 2015 as a way of reducing diseases like typhoid and diarrhoea. PHOTO | CAROLINE CHEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The World Health Organisation estimates that there are as many as 21 million cases of typhoid annually.
  • Until recently, it was thought that Asia, and particularly India, were the areas worst hit by the disease.
  • The International Vaccine Institute’s study shows that typhoid is far from being a minor problem in Africa.
  • Those most at risk from typhoid are children living in densely populated urban areas with inadequate water and sanitation.

Typhoid fever all but disappeared from Western countries in the 20th century through massive improvements in water and sanitation, but after causing misery and death in its newly industrialising but unsanitary cities.

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