Typhus is one a range of infectious diseases produced by a family of small bacteria known as Rickettsiae. These bacteria live naturally in a range of hosts (typically rats and dogs in temperate countries). The disease is spread by ticks, mites, fleas, or lice, each agent having a distinct way of spreading, but all causing a disease with a very similar clinical picture.
Typhus is a notifiable disease in Ireland.
Typhus in Ireland, 2021
|The number of typhus notifications
|The national notification rate per 100,000 population
Last updated: 22 December 2022