trench fever


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trench fever

n.
An acute infectious disease characterized by chills and fever, caused by the bacterium Bartonella quintana and transmitted by body lice.

[From its occurrence among soldiers in trenches.]

trench fever

n
(Pathology) an acute infectious disease characterized by fever and muscular aches and pains, caused by the microorganism Rickettsia quintana and transmitted by the bite of a body louse

trench′ fe`ver


n.
a recurrent fever and pain in the muscles and joints caused by a rickettsia transmitted by the body louse.
[1915–20]
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Noun1.trench fever - marked by pain in muscles and joints and transmitted by licetrench fever - marked by pain in muscles and joints and transmitted by lice
rickettsial disease, rickettsiosis - infectious disease caused by ticks or mites or body lice infected with rickettsial bacteria
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When Tolkien had a bout of trench fever, he wrote the first two stories of The Book of Lost Tales in 1916, while living in a cottage in Great Heywood with his wife Edith.
Directed by Dome Karukoski ("Tom of Finland") from a serviceable screenplay by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, the film jumps back and forth between World War I France, where Tolkien served as an officer before being diagnosed with trench fever and sent home and the aspiring author's school days at King Edward's and Oxford.
After three months on the battlefield he contracted trench fever, a disease carried by lice, and was sent home to recuperate that December.
Fighting in the Somme offensive of 1916, he contracted trench fever and was shipped back home.
But the Great War that raged a century ago, between 1914 and 1918, also produced an estimated 1.6m casualties for home-grown soldiers - from severed limbs to trench fever.
Moreover, some patients with undiagnosed febrile disease come to healthcare clinics in Bahir Dah and elsewhere in Ethiopia because of LBRF and other louse-associated diseases, such as louseborne epidemic typhus (LBET) (caused by Rickettsia prowazekii) and trench fever (caused by Bartonella quintana).
On 24th February, when the battalion had just arrived at Adrian Camp, Villers-Faucon, for wiring work and trench digging, Cephas was admitted to a field ambulance with trench fever. On 5th March he was sent to No.
Trench fever In Ashfield Mr and Mrs Alex Cameron received word from their second son William, a private in the North Staffordshire Regiment, that he was in hospital in England, suffering from trench fever.
Three months later he was posted to fight on the Western Front, but he was sent back to England after contracting trench fever.
Others included professor of natural history Alexander Peacock, who studied trench fever in the First World War, was president of the zoology section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and was also a regular radio broadcaster.
One has been 'over the top' nineteen times, seven times in divisional attacks, the remainder battalion, and never a scratch, but he came down with trench fever and has been ill for weeks.