Actions if you suspect louse-borne typhus

If you suspect a case of typhus, your actions should be exactly the same as already described for suspected cases of RF.

What should you do?

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Test for malaria if you are in a malaria endemic area. Refer patients suspected of having typhus to the nearest higher health facility or hospital, where they will be treated by doctors with special antibiotics. You are not expected to prescribe these drugs. Typhus is an epidemic-prone disease, so search actively for other people locally with a similar illness and report all suspected cases.

In addition to the above actions, you should also educate your community about how to prevent these louse-borne diseases.

Last modified: Wednesday, 9 July 2014, 3:48 PM