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What are the symptoms of typhoid?

Page last updated 10 July 2018

Symptoms and signs of typhoid range from mild to severe and last for about one month. Symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • fatigue or tiredness
  • malaise (general feeling of feeling unwell)
  • sore throat
  • persistent cough
  • severe headache
  • slower than usual heart rate
  • sweating
  • abdominal pains
  • changes in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhoea
  • lack of appetite and weight loss
  • reddened skin rash on the chest and stomach
  • mental changes such as confusion
  • blood poisoning (septicaemia)
  • enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)
  • enlarged liver (hepatomegaly).

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Sources & Citations

  1. New South Wales Government Health. Typhoid and paratyphoid fact sheet. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0143a - Date of preparation May 2018