Accession Number:

ADA279845

Title:

Life-Threatening Scrub Typhus in a Traveler Returning From Thailand

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMED FORCES RESEARCH INST OF MEDICAL SCIENCES APO SAN FRANCISCO 96346

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Scrub typhus is not one of the more commonly encountered diseases in travelers returning from Asia, but deserves more consideration in view of its severity and the availability of specific chemotherapy and chemoprophylaxis. We describe a case of scrub typhus with coma and multi-organ failure in a traveler returning to the U.S. from Thailand. The diagnosis was only made retrospectively despite a travel history and clinical signs which suggested Rickettsia tsutsugamushi infection. No specific therapy was given and marked neurologic impairment persisted 6 months after the beginning of the illness. An increased awareness of scrub typhus is prerequisite for providing recommendations for prevention and instituting prompt therapy

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE