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Simple food and water safety practices that can help you prevent having a Typhoid fever

Do you suffer from typhoid fever? Do you know you can prevent having it by practicing some simple tips on food hygiene, water safety, and exposure?

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening infection caused by this type of bacterium, Salmonella Typhi. It usually spreads through contaminated food or water that we ingest. It is still a serious health threat in developing and underdeveloped countries, especially for children.

Approximately 11–20 million people get sick from typhoid and between 128 000 and 161 000 people die from it every year.

What's the mode of infection? Eating contaminated food and water or close contact with an infected person can cause typhoid fever. 

The symptoms include prolonged fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and constipation or diarrhea. Some patients may have a rash. Severe cases of typhoid fever may result in serious complications or even death.

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Intestinal bleeding or holes in the intestine are the most life-threatening complications of this health condition. Other possible complications include inflammation of the heart muscle, the lining of the heart and valves, infection of major blood vessels, and pneumonia.

Ways to prevent typhoid infection

Ensure food is properly cooked and still hot when served. This is very important, even when eating out, make sure the food you are about to eat is hot and you can see steam rising from it.

Try to avoid raw milk and products made from raw milk. Drink only pasteurized or take milk that has been boiled.

Avoid ice except it is made from safe water not just from a clean borehole. When the safety of drinking water is not known, boil it or if this is impossible, disinfect it with a reliable, disinfectant agent such as Lifeguard. You can always buy from pharmacies.

Hand washing is very crucial, and always use soap and water most especially after contact with pets or farm animals, or after having used the toilet.

Don't taste fruits on the market, we have a habit of tasting to know if it's sweet, bitter or sour. Wash fruits and vegetables with running water particularly if they are eaten fresh. Or you can always peel your vegetables and fruits before consumption.

Content created and supplied by: DrGeraldine (via Opera News )

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