The US recently suffered through a difficult flu season and continues to battle a serious Measles outbreak.
Several of our major cities have also seen an increase in threats to public health, normally associated with the less developed world. The increased incidence of these illnesses including Typhus and Hepatitis A is tightly correlated with the rise in the homeless population.
“Homelessness, crowded housing, poor hygiene, poor toiletry habits” all make it more likely to get typhus, says Aaron Glatt, MD, chairman of medicine and hospital epidemiologist for South Nassau Communities Hospital.
Doctors often misdiagnose people with murine typhus (type commonly seen in the US) as suffering from a viral illness rather than one carried by bacteria because:
Fortunately, blood tests and skin biopsies can help confirm the diagnosis.
Typically, 14 days pass from the time of the “bite” to the onset of symptoms, which can appear suddenly. These include:
Typhus can also lead to other life-threatening conditions requiring additional medical intervention and treatments.
What you need to know:
To avoid Typhus, avoid both the areas known to be in the grip of an outbreak and any proximity to the pests that carry the illness. If that’s not possible, consider wearing insect repellents with Deet and Permethrin to ward off the pests carrying the disease.
Immediate treatment is vital. See your Longeviti Health physician if you or your loved ones are experiencing any of the symptoms of Typhus.
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