epidemic typhus
(louse-borne typhus)
(ep"i-dem\'ik ti\'fus)
A disease caused by Rickettsia prowazekii that is transmitted from person to person by the body louse.

Microbiology. . 2009.

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  • Epidemic typhus — A severe acute disease with prolonged high fever up to 40° C (104° F), intractable headache, and a pink to red raised rash. The cause is a microorganism called Rickettsia prowazekii. It is found worldwide and is transmitted by lice. The lice… …   Medical dictionary

  • Typhus — Infobox Disease Name = Typhus Caption = Rash caused by Epidemic typhus. DiseasesDB = 29240 ICD10 = ICD10|A|75|1|a|75 ICD9 = ICD9|080 ICD9|083 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = 001363 eMedicineSubj = med eMedicineTopic = 2332 MeshID = D014438Typhus is… …   Wikipedia

  • typhus — typhous, adj. /tuy feuhs/, n. Pathol. an acute, infectious disease caused by several species of Rickettsia, transmitted by lice and fleas, and characterized by acute prostration, headache, and a peculiar eruption of reddish spots on the body.… …   Universalium

  • typhus — A group of acute infectious and contagious diseases, caused by rickettsiae that are transmitted by arthropods, and occurring in two principal forms: epidemic t. and endemic (murine) t.; typical symptoms include: severe headache, shivering and… …   Medical dictionary

  • Typhus —  Cet article traite du typhus. Ne pas confondre avec la fièvre typhoïde, ni avec les fièvres paratyphoïdes Le typhus (du grec τῦφος typhos: stupeur, torpeur) est le nom donné à un groupe de maladies similaires, graves pour l homme. Il s agit …   Wikipédia en Français

  • typhus — spotted fever; n. any one of a group of infections caused by rickettsiae and characterized by severe headache, a widespread rash, prolonged high fever, and delirium. They all respond to treatment with chloramphenicol or tetracyclines. Epidemic… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Typhus, murine — An acute infectious disease with fever, headache, and rash, all quite similar to, but milder than, epidemic typhus, caused by a related microorganism, Rickettsia typhi (mooseri), transmitted to humans by rat fleas (Xenopsylla cheopis). The animal …   Medical dictionary

  • Typhus, urban of Malaya — Murine typhus, an acute infectious disease with fever, headache, and rash, all quite similar to, but milder than, epidemic typhus. It is caused by a related microorganism, Rickettsia typhi (mooseri), transmitted to humans by rat fleas (Xenopsylla …   Medical dictionary

  • Typhus —    Typhus, also known as spotted fever, is a feared epidemic disease caused by poor hygiene, filth, famine, and extreme cold. The louse (pediculis corporis) is the vector of typhus and breeds in times of disaster such as in wartime and in… …   Historical dictionary of the Holocaust

  • epidemic — n. 1) to touch off, trigger an epidemic 2) to contain, control an epidemic 3) an epidemic breaks out; spreads 4) a cholera; flu; measles; typhoid; typhus epidemic * * * [ˌepɪ demɪk] control an epidemic flu measles spreads trigger an epidemic …   Combinatory dictionary

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