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December 14, 1970

The Epidemiology of Murine Typhus in Texas, 1969

Author Affiliations

From the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Center for Disease Control (formerly National Communicable Disease Center), and the Communicable Disease Services, Texas State Department of Health, Austin. Dr. Older is now at the Stanford (Calif) Medical Center.

JAMA. 1970;214(11):2011-2017. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180110021004

During 1969, 28 cases of murine typhus were reported in Texas. This number was consistent with the number of cases reported in previous years. The majority occurred in south Texas in the spring of the year. Patients presented with an illness resembling influenza, but the correct diagnosis was established by the complement-fixation test. Epidemiologic investigations implicated fleas from cats as vectors in the transmission of this illness to several patients.