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Murine Typhus Fever

Description
Rickettsia typhi that are carried by rat fleas

Location
Gulf Coast states and southern California

Cause
Fever caused by bite from rat fleas

Symptoms
Abdominal pain, backache, dull red rash beginning on middle of back, extremely high fever lasting up to 2 weeks, dry cough, headache, joint pain, nausea, vomiting

Treatment
Seek medical attention from a physician

Prevention
Bathing, boiling clothes or avoiding infested clothing for five days

Other Facts
Organism enters the bloodstream when feces are scratched or rubbed into a flea-bite wound or other breaks in the skin.



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