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Murine Typhus Fever

DESCRIPTION
Rickettsia typhi that are carried by rat fleas
LOCATION
Gulf Coast states and southern California
CAUSE
Fever caused by bite from rat fleas
SYMPTOMS
Abdominal pain, backache, dull red rash beginning on middle of back, extremely high fever lasting up to 2 weeks, dry cough, headache, joint pain, nausea, vomiting
TREATMENT
Seek medical attention from a physician
PREVENTION
Bathing, boiling clothes or avoiding infested clothing for five days
OTHER FACTS
Organism enters the bloodstream when feces are scratched or rubbed into a flea-bite wound or other breaks in the skin.

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