What is the treatment for typhus?
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Typhus (Greek: stupor caused by fever) is an acute infectious fever. It is caused by an obligate parasite Rickettsia bacterium. There are several forms of typhus, each with its own set of symptoms. To prevent typhus there is a vaccine available, and contact with fleas and lice should be avoided in countries known to have typhus. Treatment is with antibiotics including Tetracycline, Doxycycline or Azithromycin. Please note: typhus is not the same as typhoid fever which is caused by the bacterium Salmonella enterica enterica, serovar Typhi.