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a louseborne rickettsial disease due to Rochalimaea quintana, transmitted by the human body louse, Pediculus humanus; symptoms include febrile paroxysms, leg pains, chills, sweating, rash, splenomegaly, and a tendency to relapse. Called also His's or His-Werner disease.
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Locations Mexico, N. Africa, E Europe, etc
Transmission Direct contact—rubbing infected lousy feces into abraded skin or conjunctivae Clinical
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