What are the signs and symptoms of trench fever in pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The extracellular pathogen B quintana causes trench fever and infective endocarditis. Although rarely fatal, this disease has been the cause of many epidemics, including trench fever during World War I. [30] Infection in humans results from autoinoculation of louse feces into abraded or scratched skin. The infection has a 10- to 30-day latency period and results in a fever similar to that of typhus, with headache, myalgia, and pain in the back and the legs.


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