Check out today's google doodle guy. 1. He's Germanic as heck and 2. he saved thousands of lives from the Nazis. Win-win! Also, he developed a vaccine against a once-common disease in humans: Typhus.
Technically, typhus is bacterial, but before certain classes of antibiotics? Horrible stuff. Mortality can reach SIXTY PERCENT where it's epidemic (like our Covid) and even 10 percent without treatment is "normal" on typhus.
Why do you not worry? It's associated with human lice. We get it from them. (usuaully) So, no lice, no dice.
We also get it from fleas, alas, so you may get "endemic murine typhus" ----- same thing, nowhere near as deadly, but check for rats. In fact, buy a pet rat-eating snake or ten. Like bubonic plague... the fleas... and the rodents....
Why would this epidemic disease be an issue? Two words: Crowded conditions. The bacteria is different from endemic (murine) typhus, and it LOVES things like prisons, ghettos, concentration camps...
usually, a daily shower stops body lice in their tracks, and boiling anything fabric you own ----- okay, don't boil it, my mom's family just went a wee bit overboard. But the water needs to be at least 130*F (55*C) to kill eggs as well as living lice. You can dry clean things, too. And their idea of anti-lousing was to scrub down with strong ammonia solution in screaming near-scalding water, for humans. No, they never got lice, but the idea was that they'd make sure not to.
Why? Great-grandma on one side (the vowel-free name one) had a brother in the army who had body lice and it apparently freaked out EVERYone. Farming, no. Cows giving birth, kersplat, no. Body lice? Oh he**, that is not acceptable. (Farmers are very cleanliness-mnded. Dirt equals death. Ergo, a clean barn is a clean farm, as Grandpa said.)
And now you know too much, but just rest assured, we have good news today: We don't have to worry about typhus much, do we? Nope, we don't. Either kind. Thank you, antibiotics, and rodent control!
Had a rough night, add in the SLOWEST moving ever fibro trigger weather front (honestly, another full day before it clears...).... Yeah, is it Friday yet? No? ARGH.Hubby's co-worker died of Covid. We found out yesterday. Had me a last straw moment. Hubby hadn't seen him in a long time (obvs, with remote working), but... yeah. guy left a family. (No, he wasn't vax'd.) Stupid. He was only in his...