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Medical Term:

Australian tick typhus


Definition: rarely fatal form of typhus caused by the Rickettsia australis, seen in eastern Australia, transmitted by tick bite, and characterized by severe headache and conjunctivitis. Reservoir is in rodents and marsupials.

Synonym(s): Queensland tick typhus

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