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BMC Infect Dis. 2010 Mar 5;10:45. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-10-45.

Searching for the elusive typhoid diagnostic.

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Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. sbaker@oucru.org

Abstract

Typhoid (enteric) fever is still a common disease in many developing countries but current diagnostic tests are inadequate. Studies on pathogenesis and genomics have provided new insight into the organisms that cause enteric fever. Better understanding of the microorganisms explains, in part, why our current typhoid methodologies are limited in their diagnostic information and why developing new strategies may be a considerable challenge. Here we discuss the current position of typhoid diagnostics, highlight the need for technological improvements and suggest potential ways of advancing this area.

PMID:
20205702
PMCID:
PMC2846943
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2334-10-45
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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