Searching for the elusive typhoid diagnostic

Stephen Baker, Michael Favorov, Gordon Dougan

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Typhoid (enteric) fever is still a common disease in many developing countries but current diagnostic tests are inadequate. Studies on pathogenesis and genomics have provided new insight into the organisms that cause enteric fever. Better understanding of the microorganisms explains, in part, why our current typhoid methodologies are limited in their diagnostic information and why developing new strategies may be a considerable challenge. Here we discuss the current position of typhoid diagnostics, highlight the need for technological improvements and suggest potential ways of advancing this area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number45
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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