Which patient population is at highest risk for infective endocarditis secondary transmitted by pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Louse-borne disease is a potential problem whenever body lice spread through a population. Body lice are vectors for B quintana, an agent of infective endocarditis among the homeless and the cause of many thousands of cases of trench fever and epidemic typhus during World War I. [26] The organism that caused trench fever persists among homeless persons in urban areas and can spread from person to person by lice.


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