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Infection

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 54–56 | Cite as

Scrub Typhus Pneumonitis Acquired through the Respiratory Tract in a Laboratory Worker

  • M. Oh
  • N. Kim
  • M. Huh
  • C. Choi
  • E. Lee
  • I. Kim
  • K. Choe
Case Report

Abstract

We report a case of scrub typhus pneumonitis in a laboratory worker who apparently acquired it through the respiratory tract. The patient was suffering from fever, cough and dyspnea. He had both cervical and axillary lymphadenopathy, and hepatomegaly. A chest X-ray showed interstitial infiltrates. A diagnosis of scrub typhus was established upon isolation of Orientia tsutsugamushi. 12 days before the patient showed symptoms, he had purified O. tsutsugamushi proteins from infected cells using an ultrasonication method which could generate aerosols containing O. tsutsugamushi.

Key Words Scrub typhus Tsutsugamushi disease Pneumonitis Laboratory infection Orientia tsutsugamushi 

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© Urban & Vogel Medien und Medizin Verlagsgesellschaft 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Oh
    • 1
  • N. Kim
    • 1
  • M. Huh
    • 2
  • C. Choi
    • 1
  • E. Lee
    • 1
  • I. Kim
    • 2
  • K. Choe
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Internal Medicine and Clinical Research Institute, Seoul National University Hospital, 28 Yeongun-dong, Chongro-gu, Seoul, 110-744 Korea; Phone: (+82/2) 76-02212, Fax: -29662, e-mail: mdohmd@snu.ac.krKR
  2. 2.Dept. of Microbiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-744, KoreaKR

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