classic epidemic typhus
classic epidemic typhus[′klas·ik ‚ep·ə′dem·ik ′tī‚fəs]
An epidemic disease caused by Rickettsia prowazeki var. prowazekii, and characterized by violent headache, a rash, neurological symptoms, and high fever. Also known as epidemic typhus.
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