Relapsing fever

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Relapsing fever
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 A68.
ICD-9 087
DiseasesDB 1547
eMedicine emerg/590 med/1999
MeSH D012061

Relapsing fever is an infection caused by some bacteria in the genus Borrelia.[1] It is sometimes called typhinia.[2] It is carried and spread by lice and ticks.[3]

The word "relapse" means to come back. The disease is called "relapsing fever" because the symptoms can go away and come back several times until the person is cured.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Schwan T (1996). "Ticks and Borrelia: model systems for investigating pathogen-arthropod interactions". Infect Agents Dis 5 (3): 167–81. PMID 8805079 .
  2. Stedman's Medical Dictionary entry for "typhinia"
  3. Schwan T, Piesman J (2002). "Vector interactions and molecular adaptations of Lyme disease and relapsing fever spirochetes associated with transmission by ticks.". Emerg Infect Dis 8 (2): 115–21. doi:10.3201/eid0802.010198 . PMC 2732444 . PMID 11897061 . http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol8no2/01-0198.htm.
  4. Ryan KJ; Ray CG (editors) (2004). Sherris Medical Microbiology (4th ed.). McGraw Hill. pp. 432–4. ISBN 0838585299 .