epidemic typhus

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ep·i·dem·ic ty·phus

typhus caused by Rickettsia prowazekii and spread by body lice; marked by high fever, mental and physical depression, and a macular and papular eruption; lasts for about 2 weeks and occurs when large crowds are brought together and personal hygiene standards are at a low ebb; recrudescences can occur.

ep·i·dem·ic ty·phus

(ep'i-dem'ik tī'fŭs)
Disease caused by Rickettsia prowazekii and spread by body lice; marked by high fever, mental and physical depression, and a macular and papular eruption; lasts about 2 weeks and occurs when large crowds are brought together and personal hygiene is poor; recrudescences can occur.
Synonym(s): jail fever.

ep·i·dem·ic ty·phus

(ep'i-dem'ik tī'fŭs)
Typhus caused by Rickettsia prowazekii spread by body lice; marked by high fever, mental and physical depression, and a macular and papular eruption.
Synonym(s): prison fever typhus.