meaning of Brill-Zinsser disease

Brill-Zinsser disease meaning in Medical Dictionary

Recrudescence of epidemic typhus many years after the initial assault. The agent that triggers epidemic typhus (Rickettsia prowazekii) continues to be viable for several years then when number defenses tend to be down, it is reactivated causing recurrent typhus. The disease is known as the doctor Nathan Brill plus the great bacteriologist Hans Zinsser.