Epidemiological trends of scrub typhus: Global incidence and vector distribution

Na Young Ha, Gwanghun Kim, Nam Hyuk Cho

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Scrub typhus is an ancient infectious disease transmitted through the bites of infected chiggers in the Asian-Pacific region. Increase in disease burden and widespread of the infected vector species has been reported throughout the endemic region. Furthermore, recent reports of urbanization of scrub typhus suggest that this disease may have a significant impact on public health issues. Here, we reviewed the current epidemiological trends of scrub typhus based on the vector distribution and the annual incidences in several endemic countries. Continuous surveillance of the disease incidence as well as the changing ecology of the vector mites is important for the proper control of scrub typhus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRickettsiales
Subtitle of host publicationBiology, Molecular Biology, Epidemiology, and Vaccine Development
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319468594
ISBN (Print)9783319468570
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Disease incidence
  • Epidemiological trends
  • Leptotrombidium
  • Migratory birds
  • Mite vector
  • Orientia tsutsugamushi
  • Scrub typhus


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