Flea-borne Typhus: Elitza Theel, Ph.D.

Answers from the Lab

In this episode of “Answers From the Lab,” host Bobbi Pritt, M.D., chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic, is joined by Elitza Theel, Ph.D., director of the Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. They talk about murine typhus, also known as flea-borne typhus, and the recent increase in cases in Los Angeles County and Texas.

Specific topics of discussion include:

  • How flea-borne typhus is transmitted to humans and common symptoms.
  • How the disease is diagnosed, treated, and prevented.
  • Typhus testing available through Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

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