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. Without treatment, as many as 60% of people who get the disease could die.
Signs of the disease[change]
The signs of epidemic typhus include:
- Pain in the joints
- Pain the muscles
- Eyes sensitive to light
- Low blood pressure
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