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UCL in the News: Typhoid making a comeback in UK

30 August 2007

People holidaying in exotic places without being vaccinated is causing a rise in dangerous diseases like typhoid, warn doctors.

Health experts are launching a campaign Valuing Vaccines to spread the message about the importance of immunisation.

Dr Jane Zuckerman [UCL Centre for Medical Microbiology], director of the Centre for Travel Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, who is backing the campaign, said: "The level of public ignorance exposed by these results is extremely worrying.

"We have seen vaccine-preventable diseases like typhoid on the increase because people travel abroad to endemic areas without being vaccinated and return sick to the UK." …

BBC News