The causative agent of epidemic typhus. It was isolated by the Berlin physician Henrique de Rocha-Lima in 1916. He named it Rickettsia prowazeki, after Howard Taylor Ricketts (1871)-1910) and Stanislaus Prowazek (1875-1915), who both died this disease.
- Henrique da Rocha-Lima (1879-1956):
Zur Aetiologie des Fleckfiebers.
Berliner klinische Wochenschrift, 1916, 53: 567-569.
Rickettsia prowazeki, cause of typhus, was first isolated by da Rocha-Lima, who named it after Ricketts and Prowazek, both of whom died of the disease.
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