Rickettsialpox is caused by bacteria found in the Rickettsia family (Rickettsia akari) but humans contract the disease through a much less direct route. The bacteria is originally found in mice and cause mites feeding on the mice to become infected. Humans will get rickettsialpox when receiving a bite from an infected mite, not from the mice themselves. Families Tetranychidae - Spider mites Eriophyidae - Gall mites Sarcoptidae - Sarcoptic Mange mites The mites and ticks, order Acarina or Acari, belong to the Arachnida and are among the most diverse and successful of all the invertebrate groups, although some way behind the insects. ...
The first sign to look for is a bump formed by the bite, eventually resulting in a black, crusty scab. Many of the symptoms are flu-like including fever, chills, weakness and achy muscles but the most distinctive symptom is the rash that breaks out, spanning the infected person's entire body.
Rickettsialpox is hardly fatal and there are no known deaths resulting from the disease.
Those dwelling in urban areas (which typically experience rodent problems) have a higher risk of contracting Rickettsialpox. During the 2004-2005 school year, Bronx High School of Science located in The Bronx, New York experienced a Rickettsialpox outbreak. Several teachers became ill and a favorite Scienceite inside joke was born, possibly second to only The Bronx Science Plague. The term urban means cities and towns as distinct from rural areas. ... The Bronx High School of Science, commonly called Bronx Science, is a public high school in the Bedford Park section of the Bronx, New York City. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...
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