2. Epidemic Louse-Born Typhus

Epidemic louse-born typhus is the most common strain of the disease and the one most associated with wartime disease. Infected lice spread this form of typhus by leaving their droppings at bite sites. As the bitten person scratches the skin, they inadvertently help the infected feces get into the bloodstream. The bacteria then multiples and symptoms are usually experienced between one or two weeks later.


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