We provide an update to an outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever in Pakistan. Cases have more than doubled since July 2018, prompting the WHO to issue new recommendations to contain the outbreak and prevent further antimicrobial resistance.
Last week, the WHO IHR Emergency Committee decided that the spread of polio should remain a “PHEIC.” We provide an update on the progress made by the global effort to eradicate polio in 2018.
While the incidence of isolated cases and limited outbreaks of drug-resistant infections have risen in recent years, sustained transmission of these infections are more rare. An ongoing outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid fever in Pakistan illustrates the growing threat posed by drug-resistant pathogens.