The lack of a robust, sensitive, and easy-to-use diagnostic test is one of the most serious barriers to the control and prevention of typhoid fever.
In a recent TED Talk, “Let's talk crap. Seriously.”, UK-based journalist Rose George discussed the significance of sanitation and the lack of access to toilets as a root for larger public health problems around the world.
Earlier this month, the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT), along with partners at the Bangladesh Pediatric Association, the International Vaccine Institute andthe International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), convened the 8th International Conference on Typhoid Fever and Other Invasive Salmonelloses in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Researchers and health professionals, as well as local, national and international policy makers were in attendance.

 Over the past year, there have been serious typhoid outbreaks in Indonesia, the Philippines and India. These outbreaks are in addition to the endemic typhoid burden found in throughout Southeast Asia.

The Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) website now features information about typhoid for travelers. The section includes a traveler's account of his experience falling ill with typhoid fever and lessons learned about typhoid prevention. The unfortunate traveler in this case is Sabin's own Mike McQuestion, director of the Sustainable Immunization Financing Program.

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