Typhus

Typhus is a vaccine-preventable infection caused by rickettsial bacteria spread through body lice, fleas, or ticks. While it can be treated with antibiotics, some types of typhus have a high mortality rate without treatment.

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Is typhus deadly?

Yes it can cause fevers over 100 degrees F,Sweating and it might shut down the body.

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What is typhus?

Rickettsial disease transmitted by body lice and characterized by skin rash and high fever. It is treated with antibiotics.

Either a Greek "Monster" or a disease. (see links below)

Typhus was a mythological Greek monster (aka Typhon or Typhos) but is also a serious disease. (A group of diseases caused by Rickettsia bacteria and usually spread by fleas and lice.) Sao Paulo Typhus is also called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It is an infectious disease usually contracted from a tick bite. Symptoms of typhus include headache and a high fever which can be very serious. "Epidemic typhus" occurs in areas with poor hygienic resources and is spread by the human body louse.

Rickettsia bacteria enter the skin through cuts or bites made by the insects. There is a vaccine that you can get prior to going into areas where typhus may be a problem. Take it a few weeks in advance of taking your trip since it does give you a sore arm.

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How many people does typhus kill per year?

Approximately one half

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Why did Anne Frank die of Typhus and not the gas chambers?

Not everyone who was sent to a camp by the Nazis was immediately gassed. In fact, not every camp was an extermination camp. Camps were also used to supply slave labor and there were many deaths from starvation and disease, as well as execution. Anne Frank was arrested in 1944 and sent to the Bergen-Belsen camp, which never had a gas chamber. Bergen-Belsen was built to hold 10,000 inmates. In December 1944 it held about 15,000. In 1945, as the Soviets advanced in the east, large numbers of prisoners from eastern camps were moved to Bergen-Belsen and other camps more remote from the front. There were 22,000 inmates on 1 February; 41,000 on 1 March; and 60,000 on 15 April. The resulting overcrowding produced a great increase in deaths from malnutrition and disease, particulary Typhus, which apparently swept the camp in early 1945.

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How many people died from typhus in the 20th century?

5963

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When did typhus start in the Warsaw ghetto?

The first wave of typhus was in 1940, the second in 1941 (110,000-110,000 cases, 20% mortality rate).

92% of cases of typhus were among Jews in Warsaw.

Tuberculosid claimed even more lives in the Warsaw ghetto than typhus.

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About how many people died from typhus worldwide?

millions of people

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Did anne frank die from typhus?

yes she did

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What kind of typhus did Wilbur wright die of?

Typhoid fever

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What bacteria causes endemic typhus?

The causative bacteria is called Rickettsia typhi.

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What kind of typhus did anne frank die of?

epidemic typhus
The type of typhus that swept through Bergen-Belsen in early spring, 1945 is known as "epidemic typhus". It is the most common kind, and when a lot of people are crowded close together under bad sanitation conditions, it almost invariably develops.

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Is typhus a problem in other countries?

According to the World Health Organization:

Typhus fever occurs in colder (i.e. mountainous) regions of central and eastern Africa, central and South America, and Asia. In recent years, most outbreaks have taken place in Burundi, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Typhus fever occurs in conditions of overcrowding and poor hygiene, such as in prisons and refugee camps.

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Did Anne Frank have typhus?

Anne Frank perished in the typhus epidemic that swept through Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March-April 1945. She died of typhus in March 1945 (exact date unknown) - just a few weeks before the camp was liberated by the British.

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How do you get typhus?

By lice that might be carrying the disease. Their dropings go into the wound when you scratch the the spot their biting on.

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How many people died each year from typhus?

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How did Anne Frank get Typhus?

Well, she was in Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp famous for having diseases and typhus was contagious. I think you can also get it from drinking contaminated water.

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In early 1945 there was an uncontrolled typhus epidemic at Bergen-Belsen and at least 35,000 prisoners died from it. In the camps typhus was usually carried from one person to another by fleas.

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How does typhus transmit?

How is typhus transmitted?

Humans are the only reservoir and are responsible for maintaining the infection during inter-epidemic periods. Outbreaks occur in colder areas where people live in crowded, unhygienic, louse-infested conditions. Milder symptoms of louse-borne typhus can occur years after the primary attack (Brill-Zinsser disease).

The disease is not directly transmitted from person to person. Patients are infective for lice during the febrile illness and possibly for two to three days after the temperature returns to normal. Infected lice pass rickettsiae in their faeces within two to six days after the blood meal; it is infective earlier if crushed. The louse invariably dies within two weeks after infection; rickettsiae may remain viable in the dead louse for weeks.

Susceptibility is general. One attack usually confers long-lasting immunity.

Risk for Travelers

Endemic typhus occurs often in people frequenting rat-infested buildings and houses in harbor or riverine areas. Foci of epidemic typhus exist in impoverished and dislocated populations in the highlands of some parts of Africa and South America, but travelers are rarely at risk of acquiring lice and disease.

Scrub typhus and tick typhus occur in people who engage in occupational or recreational behaviors that bring them inadvertently in contact with mite- or tick-infested habitats that harbor the rodent hosts of these arthropods. Tick typhus infections, often called spotted fevers, occur occasionally in travelers who spend time in nature trekking or camping, or on safari.

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How many deaths were caused by typhus in world war two?

Epidemics of typhus struck the German army invading Russia, although the number of deaths is unclear. Similarly, it is impossible to know how many hundreds of thousands of the deaths in Nazi concentration camps were due to typhus, as opposed to other causes.

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Did Anne Frank die of typhus?

Yes, there was a typhus epidemic at Bergen-Belsen in the early months of 1945.

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Were is typhus most likely found?

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What type of pathogen causes typhus?

The most common form of typhus is caused by a pathogen called rickettsia prowazekii

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How Does Typhus affect the body?

Typhus is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of conditions caused by bacteria in the Rickettsiae family. Although there are several forms of typhus, the main types are epidemic typhus, Brill-Zinsser disease, murine or endemic typhus, and scrub typhus. Every form is passed on to humans th

Epidemic typhus, also called Rickettisa prowazekii, is caused by contact with body lice. While living on a person's body, the lice defecate. These feces contain the bacteria that cause typhus. When the person scratches the wounds caused by the lice, the feces are rubbed into the wounds. This form of typhus typically affects large groups of people, as lice spread quickly in areas where people are crowded and unable to bathe regularly.

rough infected insects.

Symptoms of epidemic typhus include headache, fever, muscle aches, and weakness. A rash consisting of bumps and spots may also develop. This rash begins on the chest, back, and abdomen and spreads to the legs and arms. The brain or heart muscle may also swell in extreme cases, which may be fatal if left untreated.

Brill-Zinsser disease is a form of typhus that is actually a reactivation of a previous typhus infection when a person's immune system is weakened. This may occur as a complication of illness, surgery, or simply increasing age. Typically, this form of typhus affects individuals years after having overcome epidemic typhus and is quite mild. Symptoms include a week-long fever and a light rash.

Endemic typhus is passed on to humans by fleas. Similar to epidemic typhus, the flea defecates and the person scratches it into the wound. This form of typhus is most common in warm coastal regions, such as California and Texas in the United States. It typically causes a fever that lasts for about twelve days and is accompanied by a headache and chills. In some cases, a light rash may also develop.

Scrub typhus is carried by chiggers or mites. As these insects feed on a human, they deposit the bacteria in the skin. This type of typhus is most prominent in southeast Asia and Japan, particularly during the wet season. Scrub typhus is one of the most common causes of illness for people visiting these regions. The primary symptoms include headache, fever, muscle pains and aches, abdominal pain, cough, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Some sufferers also develop a flat or bumpy rash with spots that develop into crusty scabs.

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What are the biological vectors of typhus?

There are a number of diseases that fall under the heading of typhus. The main ones are epidemic typhus, Brill-Zinsser disease, endemic or murine typhus and scrub typhus. Anne probably died of endemic typhus at Bergen-Belsen. The biologic vector is the body louse (plural is lice) and also fleas.

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What efforts were made to find the cure for typhus?

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Is there a a cure for typhus?

Typhus usually responds to antibiotic treatment. However, in some cases the Rickettsia bacteria remain dormant in cells and can cause another outbreak (possibly months or years later) in individuals who appear cured.

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