Typhus Disease Cases in 78753 and 78758
6 July 2011 - 14:06, by , in News, No comments

Martha Dyess provided an alert about cases of typhus currently being found in the 78753 and 78758 zip code areas.  Someone living in Balcones Woods actually had a case of typhus in May 2011 and forwarded to a list serve the information she received from a public health nurse who contacted her after she left the hospital.   The carriers are ticks and fleas found on possums and raccoons.  Since we have a number of those animals in our area, Martha thought it important to alert us.

The public health nurse stressed that all pets should be treated for fleas and ticks on a regular basis and said that there is a business called Rodent Vector that could help with the removal of possums and raccoons.

Symptoms of typhus include the following:

  • Painful headache
  • Chills
  • Sensitive skin
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Inability to think clearly

There are 2 strains of typhus.  One is fairly easy to recover from; the other, if not diagnosed quickly, causes severe complications.  If anyone experiences these symptoms, s/he should contact a doctor as soon as possible.

Please share this information with your neighbors.

 

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