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  1. typhus, typhus fevernoun

    rickettsial disease transmitted by body lice and characterized by skin rash and high fever


  1. typhus fever

    Typhus, also known as typhus fever, is a group of infectious diseases that include epidemic typhus, scrub typhus, and murine typhus. Common symptoms include fever, headache, and a rash. Typically these begin one to two weeks after exposure.The diseases are caused by specific types of bacterial infection. Epidemic typhus is due to Rickettsia prowazekii spread by body lice, scrub typhus is due to Orientia tsutsugamushi spread by chiggers, and murine typhus is due to Rickettsia typhi spread by fleas.Vaccines have been developed, but none are commercially available. Prevention is achieved by reducing exposure to the organisms that spread the disease. Treatment is with the antibiotic doxycycline. Epidemic typhus generally occurs in outbreaks when poor sanitary conditions and crowding are present. While once common, it is now rare. Scrub typhus occurs in Southeast Asia, Japan, and northern Australia. Murine typhus occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.Typhus has been described since at least 1528. The name comes from the Greek tûphos (τῦφος), meaning hazy or smoky and commonly used as a word for delusion, describing the state of mind of those infected. While "typhoid" means "typhus-like", typhus and typhoid fever are distinct diseases caused by different types of bacteria. Note, however, that in some languages such as German, typhus does mean "typhoid fever".


  1. typhus fever

    Typhus fever is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called Rickettsia, spread to humans through the bites of fleas, lice, ticks, or mites. Symptoms can include high fever, headache, rash, muscle and joint pain, and chills. The disease can be serious and potentially fatal if left untreated, but can be effectively treated with antibiotics. Historically, typhus has been associated with crowded and unsanitary conditions, such as those found in war zones or refugee camps.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of typhus fever in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of typhus fever in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3


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