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The Philippines Department of Health reports eclipsing 10,000 typhoid fever cases this year, a large increase over the same period in 2021.

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From the beginning of the year through September 17, health officials report 10,452 cumulative cases, a 135 percent increase over the same period last year (4,455).

Typhoid deaths are also up 3-time compared to 2021 (49 deaths this year vs 16 deaths in 2021).

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has reported the most cases with 2,132, followed by Northern Mindanao (1,338) and the Central Visayas (1,167).

Typhoid fever, caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi, is a life-threatening bacterial infection. Typhoid fever is still common in the developing world, where it affects about 21 million people annually.

Salmonella typhi lives only in humans. Persons with typhoid fever carry the bacteria in their bloodstream and intestinal tract. In addition, a small number of persons, called carriers, recover from typhoid fever but continue to carry the bacteria. Both ill persons and carriers shed S.typhi in their feces.

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You can get typhoid fever if you eat food or drink beverages that have been handled by a person who is shedding S. typhi or if sewage contaminated with S. typhi bacteria gets into the water you use for drinking or washing food. Therefore, typhoid fever is more common in areas of the world where handwashing is less frequent and water is likely to be contaminated with sewage.