||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.