relapsing fever

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re·laps·ing fever

Any of several infectious diseases characterized by chills and fever and caused by spirochetes transmitted by lice and ticks. Also called recurrent fever.

relapsing fever

(Pathology) any of various infectious diseases characterized by recurring fever, caused by the bite of body lice or ticks infected with spirochaetes of the genus Borrelia. Also called: recurrent fever

relaps′ing fe′ver

one of a group of tropical fevers characterized by relapses, caused by spirochetes of the genus Borrelia and spread by ticks and lice.
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Noun1.relapsing fever - marked by recurring high fever and transmitted by the bite of infected lice or ticks; characterized by episodes of high fever and chills and headache and muscle pain and nausea that recur every week or ten days for several months
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact

re·lap·sing fe·ver

n. fiebre recurrente.
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Ticks are found in redwood habitats at lower densities than oak woodland, but they are consistently present and harbor both the newly-recognized tick-borne pathogen, Borrelia miyamotoi, which causes tick-borne relapsing fever, and Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease.
To the Editor: Tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF) is endemic in Iran; >1,400 cases were confirmed in 19 provinces during 1997-2006 (1).
Other diseases that should be ruled out before a diagnosis of EVD can be made include malaria, typhoid fever, shigellosis, cholera, leptospirosis, plague, rickettsiosis, relapsing fever, meningitis, hepatitis and other viral haemorrhagic fevers.
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What is now the Organization's International Health Regulations were first adopted in 1951 to monitor and control the international spread of six infectious diseases: cholera, plague, yellow fever, smallpox, relapsing fever, and typhus.
Body lice can transmit endemic typhus, relapsing fever and trench fever, which plagued Napoleon's retreating army in Russia in 1812 and soldiers fighting in the trenches during the First World War.
But it is known that FMF is a genetically transmitted disease characterized by attacks of relapsing fever, joint, chest and abdominal pain.
Sometimes ticks can also transfer a serious disease like Lyme disease which attacks different organs of the body; typhus and relapsing fever which can be life threatening," says Dr Gupta.
But they can also spread other bacterial and viral diseases, including babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, relapsing fever, and Colorado tick fever, reports the June 2009 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch.
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The school's scientists also developed the first drug to treat malaria and pioneered treatments for sleeping sickness and relapsing fever.