I have Typhoid fever in my fridge!
The oral vaccine (Vivotif) contains a live but weakened strain of the Salmonella bacteria that causes typhoid fever. This is the first of many vaccines that I will need to take before my journey to SE Asia.
Typhoid fever remains a major health problem in the developing world and continues to cause disease in Europe and on the American continent. Increasing resistance to antibiotics in recent decades has hampered efforts of clinicians to cure typhoid fever, indicating that typhoid fever will remain a major health problem for the foreseeable future.
I am slowly beginning to understand just how healthy North America is compared to the rest of the developing world, and how lucky I am to have my health. This I will not take for granted.