Scrub typhus is a public health issue in Asia. In South Korea, scrub typhus is the most common rickettsial disease.
Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a disease caused by a bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. Scrub typhus is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites).
The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash.
There is no vaccine that can protect you from typhus. But basic hygiene helps. This includes very simple things like bathing at least once a week and changing your clothes on a regular basis. If you travel to places where murine typhus or scrub typhus are found, use an insect repellent that contains 20% to 30% DEET.
If you think you got scrub typhus, you should be treated with the antibiotic doxycycline as soon as possible after your symptoms start.
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