Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Typhoid Found in City No Risk to Public, Health Chief Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Typhoid Found in City No Risk to Public, Health Chief Says

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********** CORRECTION (2/7/98)

Because of incorrect information from the Duval County

Health Department, a Page B-1 story on Jan. 31 about a case

of typhoid fever was in error regarding the date that Baptist

Medical Center staff reported the case to the health department.

The illness was reported Jan. 10.


Typhoid fever was diagnosed in a 3-year-old Jacksonville girl

this month. It is the first case reported in Duval County in at

least seven years, health officials said yesterday.

The child is OK, and an intensive public health investigation

found the only other person carrying the diseasecausing

bacterium was her asymptomatic father.

"This is not a risk to the public, and there's been no spread

of disease, other than to the one case," said Jeff Goldhagen,

director of the Duval County Health Department.

But it is interesting, he added.

"It is kind of an exotic disease here [in Florida], I'll

admit," echoed Steven Wiersma, deputy state epidemiologist for

the Florida Department of Health.

Health officials are nearly certain the girl was infected by

her father. They suspect he picked up the bacterium years ago

when he lived in India. Typhoid fever is more common in that


And the health department investigation -- which involved

interviews and stool sample tests from more than 80 people --

concluded only his daughter was infected.

The man is not considered to be an infection risk to anyone

outside his immediate family. He is scheduled to start taking

antibiotics that will take away any future infection risk,

health officials said.

Health officials would not identify the man or his daughter,

citing patient confidentiality.

Some background:

Typhoid fever is an infectious disease that often is contracted

from eating food or drinking water contaminated with the

bacterium Salmonella typhi.

It can cause fever, weakness and more severe complications that

can result in death. However, prompt treatment with antibiotics

usually brings a full recovery. …

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