Scrub typhus in mainland China, 2006–2012 : the need for targeted public health interventions
Zhang, Wen-Yi, Wang, Li-Ya, Ding, Fan, Hu, Wenbiao, Soares Magalhaes, Ricardo J., Sun, Hai-Long, Liu, Yun-Xi, Liu, Qi-Yong, Huang, Liu-Yu, Clements, Archie C.A., Li, Shen-Long, & Li, Cheng-Yi (2013) Scrub typhus in mainland China, 2006–2012 : the need for targeted public health interventions. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7(12), e2493.
Scrub typhus is a vector-borne disease carried by the chigger mite. The aetiological agent is the rickettsia Orientia tsutsugamushi, which is endemic to several countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including China . It is also a travel-associated disease  and of great importance among military personnel , . During the Second World War, scrub typhus was associated with a higher case fatality ratio than any other infectious disease in the China-Burma-India theatre of operations 1,3. Clinical presentation in patients varies from asymptomatic to life-threatening disease , including acute hearing loss and multiple organ failure , . To date, there is still no effective and reliable human vaccine against scrub typhus and no point-of-care diagnostics available .
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