A contagious continued fever lasting from two to three weeks, attended with great prostration and cerebral disorder, and marked by a copious eruption of red spots upon the body. Also called jail fever, famine fever, putrid fever, spottled fever, etc. See Jail fever, under Jail.
an infectious disease spread by lice and fleas. It causes high fever, severe headaches and a skin rash. As many as 60% of people catching the disease may die, especially if they are already in a poor state, as they were in Belsen.