The UK has been free from rabies since the beginning of the 20th century with the exception of the disease present in a small amount of the wild bat population. It is, therefore, a relatively rare but nevertheless very serious disease. If you are thinking of travelling to various parts of the world, there is a distinct risk of rabies in Central and South America, Asia and Africa.
Although chickenpox is a common childhood illness, it is not without risks. Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster and is easily passed between children and adults who have not previously been infected. In severe cases, it can cause brain damage, pneumonia and serious skin infections.
Shingles is a viral infection related to chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, the virus remains dormant within nerve cells in your body, and can then re-activate years later as shingles. At our Northampton branch of Touchwood Pharmacy, we offer a service to promote shingles prevention in the form of shingles immunisation.
Typhoid is an illness caused by the bacteria, Salmonella Typhi, and can lead to a high temperature or fever with vomiting and diarrhoea. Infection travels easily from contaminated food and dirty drinking water in countries where there is poor hygiene and sanitation. Typhoid fever is very contagious and easily spread. It can travel throughout the body and affect all the major organs leading to death in some cases.
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