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How do people get typhoid fever?

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Typhoid fever is contracted by consuming the bacteria in contaminated food or water. People with acute illness can contaminate the surrounding water supply through stool, which contains a high concentration of the bacteria. Contamination of the water supply can, in turn, taint the food supply. The bacteria can survive for weeks in water or dried sewage.

About 3%-5% of people become carriers of the bacteria after the acute illness. Others suffer a very mild illness that goes unrecognized. These people may become long-term carriers of the bacteria -- even though they have no symptoms -- and be the source of new outbreaks of typhoid fever for many years.

From: Typhoid Fever WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control.

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control.

Typhoid Fever from MedicineNet.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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