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Does typhoid fever cause brain damage or temporary insanity?

Joie Ange
Any high fever, especially fever that caused by toxic bacteria, could cause brain damage. Brain is a very delicate organ, high temperature, hypoglycemia, hypoxia, contusion etc could harm our brain.

It can cause brain damage, but it's very rare. I suffered from it when I was 8 and it caused temporary paralysis for me.

there is a relation between any type of fever (including of typhoid fever) with a damage in the brain if the tempreture degree become over than 43 c this can be considered dangerous and may cause damage to the cells of the brain> >and for more info about the typhoid fever : it is an infection of the digestive system by a bacteria causing general weakness.high fever.a rash of red spots on the chest and abdomen,chills,sweating, and in serious cases inflammation of the spleen and bones , delirium, and erosion of the intestinal wall leading to haemorrage. in most cases recovery occus naturally but treatment with such antibiotics as Ciprofloxacin or Chloramphenicol reduces the severity of symptoms .

lil miss mischeif
no it doesnt

due to the fevers typhoid can cause it can lead to altered mental state and in rare cause the tythoid itself can cause brain abcesses.


Typhoid fever can cause encephalopathy, not encephalitis. It can cause temporary clouding of consciousness, but not permanent brain damage.

Soul Doctor
What is typhoid?

Typhoid fever is a contagious infection of the intestines that affects the whole body. It is caused by a bacteria called Salmonella typhi that is found in the stools (bowel movements) of infected persons.

In developing countries, typhoid often occurs in epidemics (many people get sick at once). Most people in the United States get typhoid as a result of visiting another country where the food or water supply has been contaminated.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms usually start 1 to 3 weeks after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms include:

high fever
sore throat
skin rash
inability to think clearly
The symptoms may take 2 weeks or more to go away.

How is it spread?

Typhoid is spread when a person drinks or eats food and water contaminated by human waste (stool or urine) containing Salmonella typhi bacteria.
A person who no longer has symptoms but still transmits the bacteria is called a "carrier." "Carriers" must be extra careful with their personal hygiene. They should not work in restaurants or places where food is handled until a health care provider determines that they no longer carry the bacteria.
Diagnosis and treatment

The bacteria can be identified from the stool (bowel movement); sometimes from blood or urine.

A person with typhoid fever should seek medical help and obtain a prescription for antibiotics or other drugs to make him feel more comfortable.

Prevention :-
Wash hands well with soap and water after going to the bathroom and before preparing food items.
If traveling to a foreign country, be sure the drinking water is safe.
Maintain cleanliness and proper sanitation at all times, especially after a flood or other natural disasters.
People can be vaccinated against typhoid. Vaccination is not usually needed in the U.S. It is usually recommended only for international travelers going to developing countries where exposure to contaminated food or water is likely.

As given in :- http://www.metrokc.gov/health/prevcont/typhoid.htm

For more information about Typhoid check these sites :- http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/typhoidfever_g.htm


Take Care and God Bless.

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