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|Title:||Endemic scrub typhus in South America|
Stuart D. Blacksell
Daniel H. Paris
Universidad del Desarrollo
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Hospital de Ancud
Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital-Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWRU)
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
|Citation:||New England Journal of Medicine. Vol.375, No.10 (2016), 954-961|
|Abstract:||Copyright © 2016 Massachusetts Medical Society. Scrub typhus is a life-threatening zoonosis caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi organisms that are transmitted by the larvae of trombiculid mites. Endemic scrub typhus was originally thought to be confined to the so called "tsutsugamushi triangle" within the Asia-Pacific region. In 2006, however, two individual cases were detected in the Middle East and South America, which suggested that the pathogen was present farther afield. Here, we report three autochthonous cases of scrub typhus caused by O. tsutsugamushi acquired on Chiloé Island in southern Chile, which suggests the existence of an endemic focus in South America.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2016-2017|
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