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Brill-Zinsser disease

Pronunciation: bril zinz'ser

Definition: an endogenous reinfection associated with the “carrier state” in patients who previously had epidemic typhus fever; it is a rather mild disease and may be mistaken for endemic (murine) typhus; first described by Brill in New York City but not recognized as a recrudescent form of epidemic typhus until after the work of Zinsser.

Synonym(s): Brill disease, recrudescent typhus fever, recrudescent typhus

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