Lice from the rats spread trench fever
, a flu-like illness, and trench nephritis, which caused fever, inflammation of the kidneys and swelling of the legs.
By 1918 the British army had also adopted louse control measures, which halved incidences of trench fever
. Atenstaedt makes clear that the implementation of such control measures depended on discipline, medical surveillance, and cooperation between medical and regular officers.
Dan Todman, lecturer in modern history at Queen Mary, University of London, blogs at Trench Fever
, where he sums up his reasons for blogging as 'to spark some debates and to have some fun'.
Or maybe you'd like to hear about trench fever
, from another Bartonella (quintana), courtesy of the human body louse?
All rickettsioses are zoonoses with the exceptions of epidemic typhus and trench fever
in which humans are the hosts and lice are the vectors.
After peace was declared, George fell ill with trench fever
and was left behind to recuperate while his battalion went home.
Unlike head lice, body lice can be vectors for blood-borne diseases such as typhus and trench fever
. In the United States, body louse infestation mainly affects homeless populations.
He was only at war four months when he came back to England with "trench fever
," which would reoccur over the next few years.
The clinical presentations differ, however; in addition to cat-scratch disease, B henselae has been associated with peliosis hepatis, and febrile bacteremia syndrome, whereas B quintana has been associated with trench fever
in both HIV-positive and -negative patients.
He spoke fondly of all the people from Edmonton he'd run into in France, and told her about a bout of trench fever
he was just beginning to recover from.
The first is Christopher Moore's Trench Fever
Researchers have recently implicated Rochalimaea bacteria as the cause of trench fever
and cat scratch disease, two other human illnesses.