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murine typhus[′myu̇‚rīn ′tī·fəs]
A relatively mild, acute, febrile illness of worldwide distribution caused by Rickettsia mooseri, transmitted from rats to humans by the flea and characterized by headache, macular rash, and myalgia. Also known as endemic typhus; flea-borne typhus; rat typhus; shop typhus; urban typhus.
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