Jail fever

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jail fever (Med) typhus fever, or a disease resembling it, generated in jails and other places crowded with people; -- called also hospital fever, and ship fever.
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Usage

In literature:

For the jail fever, see Lecky, vol.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
Newgate, where there are jail-fevers, and ragged people, and bare-footed men and women, and a thousand horrors!
"Barnaby Rudge" by Charles Dickens
The man had died in prison of the jail-fever.
"Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle" by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
There were fifteen thousand prisoners, of whom three thousand died of jail-fever.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
Of this kind was the contagious matter, which produced the jail-fever at the assizes at Oxford about a century ago.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
He was never known to err, and was as much dreaded as the jail-fever in consequence.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Typhus or jail fever appeared in its most dreadful form, and the deaths were terribly frequent.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
Consequently dysentery, smallpox and jail fever made fearful ravages.
""Evacuation Day", 1783" by James Riker
Here ill luck still followed him, for he caught the jail fever.
"Literary Byways" by William Andrews
The man had died in prison of the jail-fever.
"In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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