What Is Typhus Fever?

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Typhus fever is a disease caused by infection with one or more rickettsial bacteria. Fleas, mites (chiggers), lice, or ticks transmit it when they bite you. Fleas, mites, lice, and ticks are types of invertebrate animals known as arthropods. When arthropods carrying around rickettsial bacteria bite someone, they transmit the bacteria that causes typhus. Scratching the bite further opens the skin and allows the bacteria greater access to the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria continue to reproduce and grow. There are three different types of typhus:
  • epidemic (louse-borne) typhus
  • endemic (murine) typhus
  • scrub typhus
Typhus outbreaks usually only occur in developing countries or in regions of poverty, poor sanitation, and close human contact. Typhus is generally not a problem in the United States, but you may become infected while traveling abroad. Untreated typhus can lead to serious complications, and it’s potentially fatal. It’s important to see your doctor if you suspect that you may have typhus. Keyword: typhus fever
What is the treatment for chigger transmitter typhus? I obtained 25+ leg bites in a GA (US) riverside thick wooded area. I believe it has been incorrectly diagnosed fir 9 years & therefore gone improperly treated by many Drs who do not believe it could possibly be typhus and they have never run the tests to make sure.
Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a disease caused by a bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. Scrub typhus is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites).

Scrub typhus should be treated with the antibiotic doxycycline. Doxycycline can be used in persons of any age.
Not very helpful answer.  I asked for a description of the symptoms of typhus, not a description of the cause.
No helpful wanted to know symptoms
Symptoms of murine or endemic typhus may include:

Abdominal pain
Dull red rash that begins on the middle of the body and spreads
Fever, can be extremely high, 105°F to 106°F (40.6°C to 41.1°C), that may last up to 2 weeks
Hacking, dry cough
Joint and muscle pain
Nausea and vomiting
Symptoms of epidemic typhus may include:

High fever, chills
Confusion, decreased alertness, delirium
Severe muscle and joint pain
Lights that appear very bright; light may hurt the eyes
Low blood pressure
Rash that begins on the chest and spreads to the rest of the body (except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet)
Severe headache

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