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How long can typhoid stay in the body?

Page last updated 22 May 2020

In some people, the bacteria that causes typhoid can remain in the body for a prolonged period of time. It is estimated that between 1% and 4% of treated patients still excrete Salmonella typhi bacteria in their stool 12 months or more after they were ill with typhoid. A long course of antibiotics is necessary to get rid of the typhoid bacteria in these people.


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6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Yellow Book 2020: Health Information for International Travel. New York: Oxford University Press; 2017.

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0143(1)a - Date of preparation May 2020