Typhus – Russia
In the Altai Territory, over the past week, 1209 cases of tick sucking were registered in a week (15/05/2021).
To date, 31 people have been suspected of having tick-borne typhus. 12 of them are children under 14 years old. In three cases, tick-borne encephalitis is suspected (including in one child), in one case there is suspicion of ixodic tick-borne borreliosis.
Photo: cells infected with Rickettsia bacteria (red)
Typhus, also known as typhus fever, is a group of infectious diseases that include epidemic typhus (body lice), scrub typhus (chiggers), murine typhus (fleas) and tick-borne typhus.
The diseases are caused by specific types of bacterial infection. Epidemic typhus is due to Rickettsia prowazekii.
Prevention is achieved by reducing exposure to the organisms that spread the disease. Typhus has been described since at least 1528 AD.
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