This disease, which clinically resembles a mild form of "classical" typhus fever, seems to have been first recognized as typhus fever by Paullin1 in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1913. Following his report, similar cases were observed in several other cities along the South Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. It was not until 1926, however, that Maxcy2 pointed out clinical and epidemiological differences between these cases and typhus fever as observed in the northeastern United States and in Europe. In 1931 Dyer et al.3 brought proof that the infectious agent, a Rickettsia, exists naturally in the rat, and that
MURINE TYPHUS FEVER. Ann Intern Med. ;25:162–165. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-25-1-162
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