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Medical Term:

rickettsialpox

Pronunciation: ri-ket'se-al-poks'

Definition: Infection with Rickettsia akari, which is spread by mites from a reservoir in house mice; a benign, self-limited process first recognized in 1946 in the Kew Gardens area of New York City; a few limited outbreaks have later been observed elsewhere.

Synonym(s): Kew Gardens fever, mite-born typhus, vesicular rickettsiosis

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