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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 5. No. 1, 2000

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2000;5:45-47

Case Report

A Case of Scrub Typhus in a Child

NC Sin, FT Yau, WK Luk


Scrub typhus is caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi which is transmitted by an arthropod vector - chigger. Cases in children were often missed or misdiagnosed as a result of atypical presentation. The typical eschar lesion (necrotic centre with an erythematous rim), found in less than half of cases, should alert doctors to the diagnosis of rickettsial infections. The case fatality rate may be as high as 7% in untreated patients. Treatment with doxycycline or chloramphenicol should be started for suspected cases as soon as possible.

Keyword : Scrub typhus; Orientia tsutsugamushi

Abstract in Chinese


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