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Typhus Exanthematicus of the Old World With Reference to Mexican Tabardillo and American Brill's Disease

Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(12):1263-1271. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-3-12-1263
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Typhus fever infection has been known for many centuries. According to Prinzig,1 during the Napoleon's war period (1812-1814), one-tenth of the German population had Typhus Fever, with a loss of from 200,000 to 300,000 lives. In the Russo-Turkish war, (1828-1829), the loss of both armies was estimated at 115,000, out of which 20,000 died from bullets and wounds, and 95,000 from infectious diseases, Typhus Fever predominating. In Ireland, during the epidemic of 1846-1847, a tremendous loss of lives was encountered.

Eastern Europe, principally Russia and the Balkans, Ireland and Mexico have always been known as countries with endemic Typhus Fever


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