Mexican typhus


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Mex·i·can ty·phus

infection with Rickettsia typhi (mooseri) causing a syndrome similar to epidemic typhus, but spread from rats to humans by the rat flea (Xenopsylla [polyplax] cheopis). Spread from rat to rat by the rat louse (Polyplax spinulosa). Most common form of typhus in the U.S. It has various geographic names based on the region in which it was observed.

Mexican typhus

Etymology: Gk, typhos, fever
a form of epidemic typhus carried by lice in Mexico. Also called tabardillo.

Mex·i·can ty·phus

(meksi-kăn tīfŭs)
Infection with Rickettsia typhi causing a syndrome similar to epidemic typhus, but it is spread from rats to humans by the rat flea. Most common form of typhus in the U.S.

Mexican typhus

A louse-borne epidemic typhus present in certain portions of Mexico.
See also: typhus