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Definition of Ship fever

Ship fever: An old name for epidemic typhus, which was common in the crowded conditions aboard ship. Ship Fever and Other Stories (1996) by Andrea Barrett received the National Book Award. See: Typhus, epidemic.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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