murine typhus


Definition of murine typhus

: a mild disease that is marked especially by fever, headache, and rash, is caused by a rickettsia (Rickettsia typhi synonym R. mooseri), is widespread in nature in rodents, and is transmitted to humans by a flea

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Bites don’t directly cause infection, but if flea droppings end up coming into contact with the wounds caused during the parasitic feeding process then rickettsia typhi, the bacteria that causes murine typhus, can end up in the human bloodstream. Paul Sisson,, "Typhus hospitalization prompts flea warning in San Diego County," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of murine typhus

1933, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of murine typhus

: a mild febrile disease that is marked by headache and rash, is caused by a bacterium of the genus Rickettsia (R. typhi), is widespread in nature in rodents, and is transmitted to humans by a flea

called also endemic typhus

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