Murine Typhus Fever
Rickettsia typhi that are carried by rat fleas
Gulf Coast states and southern California
Fever caused by bite from rat fleas
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
Seek medical attention from a physician
Bathing, boiling clothes or avoiding infested clothing for five days
Organism enters the bloodstream when feces are scratched or rubbed into a flea-bite wound or other breaks in the skin.