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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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