Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak Serves As Warning For Global Disease Prevention Efforts
New York Times: ‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak
“The first known epidemic of extensively drug-resistant typhoid is spreading through Pakistan, infecting at least 850 people in 14 districts since 2016, according to the National Institute of Health Islamabad. The typhoid strain, resistant to five types of antibiotics, is expected to disseminate globally, replacing weaker strains where they are endemic. Experts have identified only one remaining oral antibiotic — azithromycin — to combat it; one more genetic mutation could make typhoid untreatable in some areas. Researchers consider the epidemic an international clarion call for comprehensive prevention efforts…” (Baumgaertner, 4/13).