Important Typoid Fever Update for Uganda
What is the current situation?
More than 12,000 suspected cases of typhoid and 2 deaths have been reported in Uganda from January 1 through April 14, 2015. Cases have been reported in Kampala, Wakiso, and Mukono districts. CDC recommends that travelers to Uganda get typhoid vaccine before travelling and follow water and food precautions during their trip to help prevent typhoid.
What can travellers do to prevent typhoid fever?
Get vaccinated for typhoid:
Ask your doctor or nurse about a typhoid vaccine. This could be pills or a shot, and your doctor will help you decide which one is best for you.
Typhoid vaccine is only 50%-80% effective, so you should still be careful about what you eat and drink.
Eat safe foods:
Food that is cooked and served hot
Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself
Pasteurized dairy products
Food served at room temperature
Food from street vendors
Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
Peelings from fruit or vegetables
Condiments (such as salsa) made with fresh ingredients
Unpasteurized dairy products
”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)
Drink safe beverages:
Bottled water that is sealed (carbonated is safer)
Water that has been disinfected (boiled, filtered, treated)
Ice made with bottled or disinfected water
Bottled and sealed carbonated and sports drinks
Hot coffee or tea
Tap or well water
Ice made with tap or well water
Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
Flavoured ice and popsicles
Practice hygiene and cleanliness:
Wash your hands often.
If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people who are sick.
If you feel sick and think you may have typhoid fever:
Talk to your doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever.
Tell them about your travel.
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