Medics are reminding holidaymakers of the need to get vaccinated against tropical illnesses before travelling overseas, following the news that typhoid cases are on the rise.
According to figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the number of typhoid cases in England and Wales has risen by 69 per cent in recent years, from 147 in 2002 to 248 last year.
The disease can by life-threatening unless it is treated promptly, and patients usually need a long time to recuperate afterwards.
Dr Jane Zuckerman, director of the Centre for Travel Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London, has stressed the importance of visiting a doctor before travelling to exotic destinations, noting that the level of ignorance over vaccinations is "extremely worrying".
A recent survey of more than 1,000 British consumers revealed that nearly two thirds were unaware that typhoid can be prevented by vaccination, the BBC reports.
Independent advice on private healthcare