Travelers to Pakistan at risk of drug-resistant typhoid fever, CDC says

Anyone traveling to Pakistan is at risk of developing drug-resistant typhoid fever, the CDC warned Jan. 11.

Twenty-nine U.S. patients who had recently been in Pakistan were diagnosed with typhoid fever from 2016 to 2018. The fever causes a variety of severe symptoms and is treated with antibiotics.

Of the 29 patients, nine were children who developed a drug-resistant form of the fever, and CDC officials are worried the typhoid strain in Pakistan's outbreak may become resistant to azithromycin — the only oral antibiotic to treat it.

Anyone traveling to Pakistan, India or Bangladesh should see a physician or go to a travel clinic at least two weeks before their trip to discuss ways to protect against typhoid, CDC officials said.

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