Rickettsia tsutsugamushi infection and scrub typhus incidence among chinese military personnel in the pescadores islands

James G. Olson, A. Louis Bourgeois

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Abstract

Olson, J. G., and A. L. Bourgeois (NAMRU-2, Box 14, APO San Francisco 96263). Rickettsia tsutsugamushi infection and scrub typhus incidence among Chinese military personnel in the Pescadores Islands. Am J Epidemiol 106:172-175, 1977.Personnel assigned to infantry units of the army of the Republic of China (Talwan) stationed in the Pescadores Islands experienced the highest incidence rate of scrub typhus (4%) and the highest rate of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi infection (12%) of the units studied during 1976. The ratio of scrub typhus to infection with R. tsutsugamushi was 30%. Non-Immune personnel, when infected, were more likely to develop scrub typhus than were those who had previously been infected. There was a correlation between clinical illness and high antibody titers developed in response to the infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-175
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Volume106
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1977
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Infection
  • Rickettsia tsutsugamushi
  • Scrub typhus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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