tropical typhus

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tsu·tsu·ga·mu·shi dis·ease

(tsū'tsū-gă-mū'shē di-zēz')
An acute infectious disease, caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi and transmitted by Trombicula akamushi and T. deliensis, which occurs in harvesters of hemp in some parts of Japan; characterized by fever, painful swelling of the lymphatic glands, a small, blackish scab (on the genitals, neck, or axilla), and an eruption of large, dark red papules.
Synonym(s): akamushi disease, mite typhus, scrub typhus, tropical typhus.
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