Cluster Of Typhoid Fever Cases Reported In Garfield County

Monday, February 16th 2015, 5:43 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) said it is investigating a small cluster of Typhoid Fever cases in Garfield County.

Health officials said the cases are confined to a single family group and there are no indications of transmission or risk of spread to the community.

According to a press release from the OSDH, Typhoid Fever is uncommon in Oklahoma and is generally acquired during overseas travel. The illness is caused by Salmonella Typhi, and primarily transmitted through consuming food or drink contaminated with the feces of an infected person experts told News 9.

Health officials said symptoms include a relatively high fever, headache, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.

The illness is treatable with antibiotics. The OSDH said most patients recover from the symptoms in three days after prompt treatment with antibiotics.