The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the global incidence is about 11-20 million cases annually, with about 128,000 to 161,000 deaths.
The incidence in Malaysia has decreased in the last half-century and was 0.59 per 100,000 population in 2017, with a mortality of 0.02 per 100,000 population.
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What is typhoid fever?
Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria.
How many people get typhoid each year?
Worldwide, typhoid fever affects an estimated 11 to 21 million people and paratyphoid fever affects an estimated 5 million people each year.
How are typhoid fever spread?
These diseases are spread through sewage contamination of food or water and through person-to-person contact. People who are currently ill and people who have recovered but are still passing the bacteria in their poop (stools) can spread Salmonella Typhi.