Typhus – Russia

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In Bashkortostan, Russia there were 10 cases of hemorrhagic fever and renal syndrome stemming from murine fever (typhus).

There were 10 cases in the last week with reported hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. There were no reported symptoms.

In Bashkiria, Russia, there were 13 cases of murine fever in the entire with 10 of the cases reported in the last week. Nine of the cases were in Ufa, Bashkortostan.

The local government says to visit UFA.AIF.RU to learn more about prevention techniques and what to do upon signs on infection.

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.

Common symptoms include fever, headache, and a rash. Typically these begin one to two weeks after exposure.

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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