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Brill-Zins·ser dis·ease(bril zinz'sĕr),
an endogenous reinfection associated with the "carrier state" in patients who previously had epidemic typhus fever; it is a rather mild disease and may be mistaken for endemic (murine) typhus; first described by Brill in New York City but not recognized as a recrudescent form of epidemic typhus until after the work of Zinsser.
Brill-Zins·ser dis·ease(bril-zin'sĕr di-zēz')
Brill,Nathan Edwin, U.S. physician, 1860-1925.
Brill disease - Synonym(s): Brill-Zinsser disease
Brill-Symmers disease - obsolete term for nodular lymphoma.
Brill-Zinsser disease - an endogenous reinfection associated with the "carrier state" in persons who previously had epidemic typhus fever. Synonym(s): Brill disease; recrudescent typhus fever; recrudescent typhus