alexa Treatment Update for Scrub Typhus
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health

Author(s): Kaore NM, Sharma P, Sharma R, Yadav VK

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Scrub typhus is a mite-borne infectious disease caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi (previously called Rickettsia tsutsugamushi). It is distributed throughout the Asia Pacific region, being endemic in Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, and northern portions of Australia. However, cases also occur in the United States, Canada and Europe, being imported by tourists returning from endemic regions1 . Scrub typhus is manifested clinically by high fever, intense generalized headache, diffuse myalgias, and, in many patients, rash and an eschar at the site of the chigger bite. The diagnosis is suggested by the clinical history (including visit to an endemic area) and physical findings and confirmed by serologic testing or biopsy of an eschar2 . If not treated, fever may subside spontaneously after 2 weeks.

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This article was published in Indian Medical Gazette and referenced in Journal of Tropical Diseases & Public Health

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