Typhoid fever is an acute illness associated with fever caused by the salmonella typhi bacteria. Typhoid fever is contracted by drinking or eating the bacteria in contaminated food or water. Today, less than 400 cases are reported annually in US as the incidence of typhoid fever is US has markedly decreased. Typhoid fever affects more than 21 million people annually, with about 200,000 people dying from the fatal disease. An estimation shows that 16-30 million cases of typhoid occur annually resulting in 600,000 deaths. The disease continues to pose a serious health threat in developing countries, especially for children. As typhoid fever is a serious systemic illness in young children, which is occurring at higher incidence throughout world with high mortality rate. India, Pakistan and Egypt are at high risk areas for developing the disease. The disease can be prevented by safe drinking water, better sanitation and better hand washing. I request the government to eradicate the disease. 

ATEEQ SHAY GULAB,  

Kech, August 21.