Wanted: Typhoid Fever

Also goes by the name of Salmonella Typhimurium

Salmonella Typhimurium

This is the bacteria that causes typhoid fever. If you see it, beware! Remember, this pathogen is a bacterium, which means that it is treatable!


The bacterium is wanted for attacking the circulatory system, the digestive system, and the integumentary system. The bacterium multiplies in the blood of the victim, and can cause swelling in the spleen. The bacterium causes a rash that covers the victim's body, making the skin cells swell and enlarge. The digestive system is first affected when the pathogen enters the body. Once in the bowel, the bacteria travels to the lymph nodes, where it also replicates. Ulcers can also be caused in the bowel, which could lead to bleeding in the bowel.

The bacterium can either infect the circulatory system, or the digestive system.

The bacterium is transmitted by consuming foods or drinks contaminated with the bacteria.


People most at risk are the people living in or visiting developing countries, where water can easily be contaminated by sewage water for example.

Chefs working in developing countries have a good chance of being attacked, for they might taste food that is used by contaminated water.


The bacterium is wanted for injuring the victim by causing high fevers of around 103 degrees Fahrenheit towards the victim, making the victim feel weak, causing stomach pains and headaches, as well as a loss of appetite. The bacterium is also wanted for causing a rash of flat, red dots on the victim, and also for causing diarrhea.

The bacterium is also wanted for damaging the victim by causing ulcers and bleeding in the bowel, and also by causing osteitis, cholecytis, and hepatitis in rare cases.


There are many places that the bacterium uses as a hideout, as shown below:

  • Raw Foods
  • Contaminated Water
  • Feces

The bacterium also hides out in developing countries, so the more industrialized, the less chance of getting the Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria.


The best way to defend yourself is by avoiding risky foods or drinks while in a developing country. Street venders are not always promising when it comes to bacteria free food, so avoiding risky foods and by buying water bottles while traveling in developing countries is your best bet to stay safe.

To prevent an attack, be sure to be vaccinated with the ViCPS, or the Ty21a vaccinations. Also be sure to wash hands and raw foods thoroughly before eating. (Veggies, fruits, raw meat)

Treatments that are used are mostly antibiotics, with a long list of them which will be listed below. In some extreme cases, the gallbladder can become so infected that it has to be removed, but that situation is not very common.


  • Chloramphenico
  • Amoxicillin
  • Cotrimoxazole
  • Ceftriaxone
  • Ciprofloxacin