Epidemic typhus

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Epidemic typhus is a disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia prowazekii. It is one of the diseases known as Typhus, the other is endemic typhus. Sometimes it is mistaken for an unrelated disease with a similar name, Typhoid fever. The disease is spread by lice and fleas.[1] Without treatment, as many as 60% of people who get the disease could die.[1]

Signs of the disease[change | change source]

The signs of epidemic typhus include:[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Typhus - PubMed Health". ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002339/. Retrieved 6 July 2011.