Epidemic Typhus Jesse Russell

ISBN: 9785512655931

Published: April 13th 2012

Paperback

88 pages


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Epidemic Typhus  by  Jesse Russell

Epidemic Typhus by Jesse Russell
April 13th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 88 pages | ISBN: 9785512655931 | 4.50 Mb

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Epidemic typhus (also called camp fever, jail fever, hospital fever, ship fever, famine fever, putrid fever, petechial fever, Epidemic louse-borne typhus, and louse-borne typhus) is a formMoreHigh Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Epidemic typhus (also called camp fever, jail fever, hospital fever, ship fever, famine fever, putrid fever, petechial fever, Epidemic louse-borne typhus, and louse-borne typhus) is a form of typhus so named because the disease often causes epidemics following wars and natural disasters.

The causative organism is Rickettsia prowazekii, transmitted by the human body louse (Pediculus humanus corporis). Feeding on a human who carries the bacillus infects the louse. R. prowazekii grows in the louses gut and is excreted in its feces. The disease is then transmitted to an uninfected human who scratches the louse bite (which itches) and rubs the feces into the wound. The incubation period is one to two weeks. R. prowazekii can remain viable and virulent in the dried louse feces for many days. Typhus will eventually kill the louse, though the disease will remain viable for many weeks in the dead louse.



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