• Typhoid in Uganda

    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

    Hard-cooked eggs

    Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself

    Pasteurized dairy products

    Don’t Eat

    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

    Pasteurized milk

    Don’t Drink

    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

    Unpasteurized milk

    Fountain drinks

    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.


    Communicated by: CDC

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