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epidemic typhus

 

Definition: typhus caused by Rickettsia prowazekii and spread by body lice; marked by high fever, mental and physical depression, and a macular and papular eruption; lasts for about 2 weeks and occurs when large crowds are brought together and personal hygiene standards are at a low ebb; recrudescences can occur.

Synonym(s): European typhus, hospital fever, louse-borne typhus, prison fever typhus

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