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Concurrent malaria and typhoid fever in the tropics: the diagnostic challenges and public health implications.

Authors
  • Uneke, C J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
Publisher
Medknow Publications
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2008
Volume
45
Issue
2
Pages
133–142
Identifiers
PMID: 18592842
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There were considerably higher rates of concurrent malaria and typhoid fever by Widal test compared to the bacteriological culture technique. Although culture technique remains the gold standard in typhoid fever diagnosis, Widal test is still of significant diagnostic value provided judicious interpretation of the test is made against a background of pertinent information. Malaria could be controlled through interventions to minimize human-vector contact, while improved personal hygiene, targeted vaccination campaigns and intensive community health education could help to control typhoid fever in the tropics.

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