rick·​ett·​si·​al·​pox ri-ˌket-sē-əl-ˈpäks How to pronounce rickettsialpox (audio)
: a disease characterized by fever, chills, headache, backache, and a spotty rash and caused by a bacterium of the genus Rickettsia (R. akari) transmitted to humans by the bite of a mite of the genus Allodermanyssus (A. sanguineus) living on rodents (as the house mouse)

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“Rickettsialpox.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/rickettsialpox. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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