Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Murine Typhus

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_4726

A rickettsial disease (Rickettsia typhi) affecting primarily rats, but sometimes transmitted from rats to humans by fleas and rat lice through their feces. The insects are not affected, and the mortality rate is low in humans less than 50 years old. It is also known as “endemic typhus.”

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