Scrub typhus

George Watt

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Scrub typhus

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Scrub typhus (tsutsugamushi fever) is a zoonosis of rural Asia and the western Pacific islands that is caused by the obligate Gram-negative intracellular bacterium Orientia (formerly Rickettsia) tsutsugamushi, which is transmitted (typically from rats) to humans by the bite of a larval leptotrombidium mite (chigger). More than a billion people are at risk and more than a million cases are transmitted annually, making it the commonest rickettsial disease....

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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