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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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