A recent publication in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, “Predicting the Impact of Vaccination on the Transmission Dynamics of Typhoid in South Asia: A Mathematical Modeling Study,” by Pitzer et al. highlights the benefits of typhoid vaccination programs in infants and school-aged children.
Monday marked the three-year anniversary of the last reported polio case in India — a landmark achievement for a country that reported the highest number of polio cases in the world in 2009. A formal declaration of India as polio-free is expected later this year by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Passing through a leafy neighborhood of Brazzaville, we turn into the well kept confines of the national immunization program. Each office is named for its function: Surveillance, Statistics and Data Management and so on.
The estimated 21 million people each year who get typhoid fever must now face another life-threatening reality: The emergence of antibiotic-resistant typhoid strains. Because typhoid control is still heavily reliant on antibiotics, even with the availability of safe and effective vaccines, this news is especially alarming.