Dominic Aguiar developed typhoid duringa trip to India. He says it was lack ofplanning that caused the infection.
"It was my own fault really," says the London schoolteacher."I've been visiting southern India, where I've got family, for years without ever bothering with the typhoid vaccine. The last trip, during the Christmas holidays, was more ambitious, as it included a visit to Delhi. If I'd thought about it or consulted an expert, I could have had the vaccination."
Dominic doesn't know exactly where he was infected with typhoid fever, but it was almost certainly during a stay in a Delhi hotel.By the time he got back to London two weeks later, he was already ill, vomiting and with Traveller's diarrhoea and a fever that came and went.
"I got home and lay on the couch for a month feeling the worst I've ever been in my whole life. I was sharing a flat with a couple and I was on my own all day while they were out at work. I had the sweats and no appetite at all and probably lost about 10kg in weight."
Initially, Dominic thought it was a case of food poisoning . "I was prescribed antibiotics by my GP, but I couldn't hold down anything I swallowed, including the tablets. It was quite frightening, but I was just too ill to do anything about it. I finally went toa hospital casualty department and they took a stool sample. I had to wait for three or four days for the result. When I was diagnosed with typhoid,I was really shocked."
Once Dominic was put on antibiotics, the typhoid cleared up and he didn't have to spend time in hospital.
"Because I'd alreadytravelled to India several times, I didn't think about typhoid.I knew I was travelling in areas where typhoid is a risk for tourists, but for some reason I assumedI would be safe. I haven't been back to India, so haven't organised a vaccination yet. I feel lucky to have survived without long-term problems."
Find out about typhoid fever, what causes it, how it's treated and what you can do to protect yourself if you're travelling to a high-risk area.
Read about the symptoms of typhoid fever, which usually develop one or two weeks after infection with Salmonella typhi bacteria.
Typhoid fever is caused by a type of bacteria called Salmonella typhi.
See your GP if you think you have typhoid fever, particularly if you've recently returned from travelling abroad.
Typhoid fever can usually be successfully treated with a course of antibiotic medication. Most cases can be treated at home, but hospital admission may be required if the condition is severe.
Complications caused by typhoid fever usually only occur in people who haven't been treated with appropriate antibiotics or who weren't treated straight away.
Read about the two main vaccines against typhoid fever available in the UK - the Vi vaccine which is given as a single injection and the Ty21a vaccine (three capsules).
Dominic Aguiar developed typhoid during a trip to India. He says it was lack of planning that caused the infection.