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jail fever

a former name for typhus, once a common disease in jails
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  • He sank under a contagious disorder, very prevalent at that time, and vulgarly termed the jail fever.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Upon it was the body of another poor prisoner, dead of jail fever.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • Typhus or jail fever appeared in its most dreadful form, and the deaths were terribly frequent.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
  • The fever caused by the wounds of war was, in his opinion, better than the jail fever of a loathsome peace.

  • Consequently dysentery, smallpox and jail fever made fearful ravages.

  • Here ill luck still followed him, for he caught the jail fever.

    Literary Byways William Andrews
  • He had caught the jail fever, which had long raged in the Carcel de la Corte, where I was imprisoned.

    George Borrow Edward Thomas
  • The instances above quoted explain why it was this disease acquired the name of jail fever.

  • At Wells they were afflicted with the small-pox, but at Ilminster it was jail fever which fell upon the poor prisoners.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant

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