Knowledge Exchange Newsletter, March 2017

Conference Programming

The 10th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses is fast approaching. This will be the largest typhoid conference ever, with more than 300 participants from 45 countries.

The full conference program is now available online. More information about the conference, including travel information and the participant list, can also be found on our website.

Conference Livestream Available

Not able to join us in Kampala? We will livestream select conference sessions so you can join the action from afar.

From the Blog

  • Enteric Fevers, Fallen Empires: When Typhoid and Paratyphoid Toppled Civilizations – In light of a recent discovery that Paratyphi C may have been responsible for the downfall of Aztec civilization, the Coalition against Typhoid takes a look back at when enteric fevers destroyed empires
  • The Need to Strengthen Laboratory Capacity in Uganda – Ugandan Public Health Fellow, Joy Kusiima, writes a guest blog on the need for better diagnostics for typhoid in Uganda

Antibiotic Resistance

  • The Deadly Dozen – The World Health Organization has released a list of twelve bacterial organismsSalmonella among them, which urgently need new antibiotics due to widespread resistance
  • EU Report – Common Salmonella types are showing extremely high multi-drug resistance, according to a European Food Safety report
  • Coordinating the Fight – The United Nations has established an interagency group to coordinate global action against antimicrobial resistance

Outbreak Watch

  • Europe – A steep fall in cases of a multi-country Salmonella outbreak brings relief
  • Iraq – The eastern part of Mosul has documented 276 cases of typhoid even as fierce fighting over the city continues. The extreme shortage of food, medicine and water raises fears of a health crisis
  • India – Drought in Palskkad raises fears of waterborne diseases such as typhoid. In Gurgaon, seasonal illness is arriving earlier than usual
  • Tonga – After villagers fell ill with typhoid, health authorities are encouraging Tongans to prioritize hygiene
  • Morocco – A widespread increase in Salmonella Chester cases point to a consistent contamination source in Morocco
  • Nigeria – Parents are protesting after two students died of typhoid and several others fell sick at Queen’s College boarding school in Lagos


Antibiotic Resistance

Diagnostics and Treatment

  • Comparison of molecular detection method (nested polymerase chain reaction) with blood culture and paired widal test for the rapid diagnosis of typhoid fever – Mymensingh Medical Journal



  • Whole-genome shotgun sequencing of cephalosporin-resistant Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhi – Genome Announcements


  • Vaccination of active component US military personnel against Salmonella Typhi – Vaccine


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