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Where Do People With Thyphus Get Care
Hospital: Typhus is still very much with us, especially scrub typhus, which is a scourge of much of asia. Chemicals to keep the arthropod vectors away may help some, and we may hope for a vaccine. Typhus isn't catching person-to-person unless the blood-sucking creature carries it, but it is too severe to manage at home. ...Read more
Depends on the type: Epidemic typhus occurs sporadically in times of war, famine or rebellion but is not seen as much any more. Outbreaks have occurred in burundi and several other areas of africa. Endemic (murine) typhus is found in many areas of the world including the usa and northern india. There is currently an outbreak in the los angeles area. ...Read more
A big killer.: It has been said that epidemic typhus (rickettsia prowazekii) has killed more humans than all the wars in history. It is transmitted classical by infected clothing (body) lice and in the last century has dwindled substantially worldwide but pops up occasionally in this of strife, famine or war. A substantial outbreak occurred in burundi about 20 years ago. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Billions: From wwi backwards, probably more soldiers died of epidemic typhus than from combat in each war. It is the classical pale horseman of the apocalypse. ...Read more
Typhoid: Typhoid is called that because it is typhus-like, given that name before the modern era of microbiology. There are milder "typhus" diseases including scrub typhus and murine typhus that are caused by different rickettsia. There is also recrudescent typhus, called brill-zinsser disease, a rarely reported disease from latent organisms, often decades after typhus. ...Read more
Typhus: There are several kinds of typhus, all caused by organisms in the rickettsia genus. It's transmitted to humans by fleas, ticks, and parasites on the skin of flying squirrels. It's treated with doxycycline. We don't see much typhus in the U.S., but there are occasional cases of epidemic or sylvatic typhus here. ...Read more
Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more
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