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Typhus is spread through lice, mites or flea bites. It's very rare in the UK.

Things you can do to reduce the chance of getting typhus include using insect repellent and washing yourself and your clothes regularly.

Symptoms of typhus can include a high temperature, headache, a rash, feeling sick or being sick, and feeling generally unwell.

Typhus can be treated with antibiotics. You may need to be treated in hospital if you have severe symptoms.

Typhus is an infection you can get from lice, mites, or fleas. It's very rare in the UK.

Page last reviewed: 25/07/2023
Next review due: 25/07/2026