Investigation of Sylvatic Typhus at a Wilderness Camp
In this podcast, Dr. Greg Dasch discusses an outbreak of four cases of sylvatic typhus that occurred at a wilderness camp in Pennsylvania. Sylvatic typhus is very rare in the United States, with only 41 cases since it was discovered in the United States in 1975. Lab work at CDC and the discovery that all four camp counselors who became ill had slept in the same bunk at the camp between 2004 and 2006 ultimately led to confirmation that flying squirrels living in the wall of the cabin were to blame for the illnesses. Created: 6/30/2009 by Emerging Infectious Diseases. Date Released: 6/30/2009. Series Name: Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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