scrub typhus

noun

Definition of scrub typhus

: an acute febrile bacterial disease that is caused by a rickettsia (Orientia tsutsugamushi synonym Rickettsia tsutsugamushi) transmitted by mite larvae, resembles typhus transmitted by lice, and is widespread in the western Pacific area

called also tsutsugamushi disease

Examples of scrub typhus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keralan sanitation workers were beset with scrub typhus, and murine typhus had infiltrated Los Angeles City Hall. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 Apr. 2019

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Scrub typhus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrub%20typhus. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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scrub typhus

noun

Medical Definition of scrub typhus

: an acute febrile disease that is caused by a rickettsial bacterium (Orientia tsutsugamushi synonym Rickettsia tsutsugamushi) transmitted by mite larvae, resembles louse-borne typhus, and is widespread in the western Pacific area

called also tsutsugamushi, tsutsugamushi disease

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