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Social and Economic Burden Associated With Typhoid Fever in Kathmandu and Surrounding Areas: A Qualitative Study

Typhoid fever is highly endemic in Nepal, but data is limited regarding the social and economic burdens of the disease on affected households or challenges faced at the local level in terms of disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. This article, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, discusses findings from a study on the experiences of households affected by typhoid fever in Kathmandu, Nepal, and the surrounding areas. Results indicate that these households and local communities experience significant social, economic, and physical costs from typhoid fever, and that such costs will likely rise as increasing antimicrobial resistance of typhoid fever strains renders treatment modalities less effective. In light of these findings, there is an urgent need to implement effective preventive measures, including typhoid fever vaccine policies and programs.

Author: Kaljee LM, Pach A, Garrett D, Bajracharya D, Karki K, Khan I

Published: 2017

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Citation: Kaljee LM, Pach A, Garrett D, Bajracharya D, Karki K, Khan I. Social and Economic Burden Associated With Typhoid Fever in Kathmandu and Surrounding Areas: A Qualitative Study. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2017;Early Online Publication. 

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Typhoid

Topics: Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Asia