WHAT’S UP DOC? Typhus fever

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Q: I read there was an outbreak of typhus in California. Is this real? I thought this only existed in developing countries.A: Typhus may be caused by several types of the bacteria, leading to several different typhus diseases; scrub typhus, murine typhus, epidemic typhus, as well as other subtypes.Scrub typhus is due to the bacteria Orientia tsutsugamushi and is transmitted to humans by an infected chigger (a type of mite that lives in certain vegetation) bite. It is endemic in [...]
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