Typhus Fevers and Rickettsia


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An epidemiologist takes parasite samples from typhus victims. Why would this be important to diagnose the type of typhus?

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1. Which statement about the differences between epidemic typhus and murine typhus is FALSE?

2. The rash associated with typhus fever is a result of which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to understand information about typhus fevers. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of outbreaks of epidemic typhus fever and antibiotic treatments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • How typhus fever is spread
  • Difference between epidemic typhus and murine typhus
  • Rash associated with typhus fever
  • Antibiotic treatment of typhus fever
  • Places where epidemic typhus fever is common

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related typhus fever lesson
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding information about the antibiotic treatment for typhus fever
  • Distinguishing differences- compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as epidemic typhus and murine typhus

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to typhus fever, read through the brief lesson called Typhus Fevers and Rickettsia. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify what typhus fever is and how it is caused by a bacteria called rickettsia
  • Understand where typhus fever is typically seen
  • Recall the symptoms such as a high fever, body rash and severe headache
  • Review what murine typhus is and how it is transmitted by fleas
  • Learn about how typhus fevers are diagnosed and treated with the antibiotic doxycycline