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Endemic scrub typhus-like illness, Chile.
Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 Sep; 17(9):1659-63.EI

Abstract

We report a case of scrub typhus in a 54-year-old man who was bitten by several terrestrial leeches during a trip to Chiloé Island in southern Chile in 2006. A molecular sample, identified as related to Orientia tsutsugamushi based on the sequence of the16S rRNA gene, was obtained from a biopsy specimen of the eschar on the patient's leg. Serologic analysis showed immunoglobulin G conversion against O. tsutsugamushi whole cell antigen. This case and its associated molecular analyses suggest that an Orientia-like agent is present in the Western Hemisphere that can produce scrub typhus-like illness. The molecular analysis suggests that the infectious agent is closely related, although not identical, to members of the Orientia sp. from Asia.

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School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21888791

Citation

Balcells, M Elvira, et al. "Endemic Scrub Typhus-like Illness, Chile." Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 17, no. 9, 2011, pp. 1659-63.
Balcells ME, Rabagliati R, García P, et al. Endemic scrub typhus-like illness, Chile. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;17(9):1659-63.
Balcells, M. E., Rabagliati, R., García, P., Poggi, H., Oddó, D., Concha, M., Abarca, K., Jiang, J., Kelly, D. J., Richards, A. L., & Fuerst, P. A. (2011). Endemic scrub typhus-like illness, Chile. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(9), 1659-63. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1709.100960
Balcells ME, et al. Endemic Scrub Typhus-like Illness, Chile. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;17(9):1659-63. PubMed PMID: 21888791.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Endemic scrub typhus-like illness, Chile. AU - Balcells,M Elvira, AU - Rabagliati,Ricardo, AU - García,Patricia, AU - Poggi,Helena, AU - Oddó,David, AU - Concha,Marcela, AU - Abarca,Katia, AU - Jiang,Ju, AU - Kelly,Daryl J, AU - Richards,Allen L, AU - Fuerst,Paul A, PY - 2011/9/6/entrez PY - 2011/9/6/pubmed PY - 2012/2/24/medline SP - 1659 EP - 63 JF - Emerging infectious diseases JO - Emerg Infect Dis VL - 17 IS - 9 N2 - We report a case of scrub typhus in a 54-year-old man who was bitten by several terrestrial leeches during a trip to Chiloé Island in southern Chile in 2006. A molecular sample, identified as related to Orientia tsutsugamushi based on the sequence of the16S rRNA gene, was obtained from a biopsy specimen of the eschar on the patient's leg. Serologic analysis showed immunoglobulin G conversion against O. tsutsugamushi whole cell antigen. This case and its associated molecular analyses suggest that an Orientia-like agent is present in the Western Hemisphere that can produce scrub typhus-like illness. The molecular analysis suggests that the infectious agent is closely related, although not identical, to members of the Orientia sp. from Asia. SN - 1080-6059 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21888791/Endemic_scrub_typhus_like_illness_Chile_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/21888791/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -