Trench fever

Other Names:
Wolhynian fever
Quintan fever

This rickettsial disease is transmitted via lice and probably ticks. The infective agent is Bartonella (Rochalimaea) quintana.


Trench fever was a significant medical problem during World War I; troops caught it on the battlefield and lice spread the disease. It has recently reappeared among AIDS victims and homeless and alcoholic persons. Here lice are not a factor and ticks are suspected.

Related Problems:
Cat scratch fever
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST