Buddha Basnyat, director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit at Patan Hospital, discusses the importance of typhoid prevention through immunization in Nature‘s “World View” column
While typhoid vaccines are available, Buddha Basnyat explains that the cost of these lifesaving vaccines inhibit Nepali citizens from protecting themselves against the disease.
The spread of typhoid, which is endemic to Nepal, has only accelerated in the months since the earthquake. The country’s water and sanitation systems, severely impaired by the quake and further devastated by the monsoon season, provide easy routes for typhoid transmission.
Widespread antibiotic misuse is another concern due to the spread of antibiotic resistant strains of typhoid in Asia and Africa.
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