Texas Sees Growing Number of Typhus Cases - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Texas News

Texas News

News from around the state of Texas

Texas Sees Growing Number of Typhus Cases



    Texas Sees Growing Number of Typhus Cases
    File photo

    Texas is seeing a growing number of cases of typhus, a disease that was thought to be almost eradicated in the U.S.

    Texas Department of State Health Services data show there were more than 360 typhus cases in the state last year, compared to 30 cases in 2003.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that a majority of the cases occurred in the southern portion of the state.

    The potentially fatal disease is transmitted by fleas that are mostly carried by opossums and other backyard animals.

    The disease is often difficult to diagnose because it can be confused with other viral ailments. Symptoms include headaches, chills and a rash.

    Typhus was common in the U.S. through the 1940s, there were less than 100 cases reported nationwide by the mid-1950s.

    Get the latest from NBC DFW anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android