Thank you, Wilson!
Therefore, and quite obviously what our refugees and ancestors faced
was this type:
"Typhoid fever, also known as enteric fever, Salmonella typhi or
commonly just typhoid, is an illness caused by the bacterium
Salmonella enterica serovar typhi. Common worldwide, it is transmitted
by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with feces from an
Some of the final complicatons can be read in our death registers:
(as listed in Wikipedia under Typhoid fever):
" --Intestinal hemorrhage due to bleeding in congested Peyer's
patches; this can be very serious but is usually non-fatal.
-- Intestinal perforation in distal ileum: this is a very serious
complication and is frequently fatal. It may occur without alarming
symptoms until septicaemia or diffuse peritonitis sets in.
-- Metastatic abscesses, cholecystitis, endocarditis and osteitis
The fever is still very high and oscillates very little over 24 hours.
Dehydration ensues and the patient is delirious (typhoid state). By
the end of third week the fever has started reducing (defervescence).
This carries on into the fourth and final week."
On 7/30/09, WilsonD212(a)aol.com <WilsonD212(a)aol.com> wrote:
Typhoid fever and typhus are two completely different diseases,
different microorganisms. See the articles on both at Wikipedia.
In a message dated 7/30/2009 3:05:13 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
The confusion is between typhoid and typhus. In Chapter 2 of* Plague, Pox
Pestilence*, entitled "Typhoid and Its Carriers" (page 14). Margaret
Humphreys explains that "Typhoid was particularly confused with typhus, as
their similar names imply. Both were associated with filth, and rightly
so. Typhoid spreads best in unsanitary surroundings full of crowded,
dirty people; typhus which is carried by the human body louse, shares a
similar propensity for dirt and poverty."
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