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How Does Typhoid Fever Affect The Brain?

Typhoid fever brain impact insights

Typhoid Fever is a serious bacterial infection which if left untreated can spread throughout the body ultimately causing multiple organ failure.  If you are looking for a typhoid fever vaccination in Hanwell or a travel vaccination clinic in Ramsgate then Touchwood Pharmacy can help, essential if you are travelling to a part of the world where typhoid fever effect is widespread.

What causes typhoid fever?

Typhoid fever is caused by the bacterium, Salmonella typhi, and is a relative of the Salmonella that is associated with food poisoning.  The bacteria is passed via contaminated urine or excrement and is highly contagious.  Parts of the world where there is no developed level of sanitation and an absence of clean drinking water are prime areas for the development of typhoid fever.

What is the treatment for typhoid fever?

Typhoid fever is treated with a course of antibiotics.  If diagnosed early, the infection can be stopped in its tracks and does not usually require hospitalisation.  Treatment is at home with a course of antibiotics lasting between seven and fourteen days.

What are the complications with typhoid fever?

Typical symptoms of typhoid fever include stomach pain, fever and headaches.  In some rarer cases, typhoid fever is responsible for affecting the brain causing serious neurological symptoms such as lack of muscle control and slurred speech.  Treatment in these cases has a poor prognosis.

What is the vaccination for typhoid fever?

There are two options to protect against typhoid, first is the vaccine available by injection and the other is the vaccine taken in tablet form, three capsules over alternate days.  Vaccination is recommended if you are travelling to certain high-risk parts of the world particularly if you are going to be integrated into the local community, for example as part of a work placement or voluntary aid project.

Touchwood Pharmacy offers the typhoid vaccination at our clinic in Ramsgate and you can also have the typhoid fever typhoid fever vaccination at our premises in Hanwell.