Purdue University food handler test positive for Typhoid fever

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by Bethanni Williams

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

(WHAS 11) -- A disease rarely found in the United States has an Indiana University on alert.

State health officials said a food handler at Purdue University tested positive for typhoid fever after traveling abroad and it is believed second person on campus may have it.

That person is being tested and treated after showing some of the symptoms.

The bacteria can put people at risk if they eat food or drink beverages handled by someone with the illness.

Typhoid fever can be treated with antibiotics but left untreated it could be fatal.

About three cases are reported in the state each year.

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