KARACHI: The Sindh government has no action plan to prevent the spread of the extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strain of typhoid fever in the province, admits provincial health minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho.

The minister said that her department was still waiting for help in connection with vaccines for the fever from the federal government.

She told media that the province was battling with the outbreak caused by a superbug that is resistant to most known antibiotics.

The XDR typhoid outbreak, since it was reported from Hyderabad in November 2016, has spread to Karachi and other cities and town in Sindh, and has claimed four lives, Dr Azra Pechuho said.

Sources said that lack of sanitation in the city caused the rapid spread of XDR typhoid fever in metropolis.

The typhoid is a serious water-borne infection, which is caused by the bacterium Salmonella Typhoid that spreads through contaminated food and water.

According to Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), around 8,000 cases have been reported of this deadly typhoid since 2016, with Karachi ranking first followed by Hyderabad and Sanghar.

Around 69 per cent of cases of XDR typhoid have been reported in Karachi, 27 per cent in Hyderabad and 4 per cent in other districts of Sindh.