oa South African Medical Journal - The serological diagnosis of typhus fever in South Africa

Volume 19, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The serological tests available for the laboratory diagnosis of typhus fever are discussed. It is noted that the Weil-Felix test is a most reliable and valuable diagnostic test and the agglutination of the various strains of Proteus, used in this test, in epidemic typhus, murine typhus, and tick-bite fever, are descriptionbed. However it is also noted that this test does not distinguish between epidemic and murine typhus, and sometimes either of these forms of typhus from tick-bite fever.

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