Originally posted on Take on Typhoid, this blog post is written by Noah Duff, Senior Associate, Typhoid Programs at Sabin Vaccine Institute.

We’ve recently returned from the 11th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses, the gathering hosted by the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) every two years.

Typhoid is a common illness across much of Southeast Asia, where the bacterial disease spreads through contaminated food and water.

Disease surveillance studies are an important tool for determining the burden of a disease. By knowing how many people are impacted by a disease – and just as importantly, knowing where and at what age people are most effected – decision-makers can create informed and targeted health policy.

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