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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-136

Scrub typhus: An under diagnosed re-emerging zoonotic disease

1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, North Delhi Municipal Corporation Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India

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DOI: 10.4103/1119-0388.140445

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A 63-year-old male presented with chief complaints of dry cough since 20 days, breathlessness since 20 days, rash since 19 days, high-grade fever with chills and rigors since seven days, and myalgia and joint pain since seven days. On the basis of high clinical suspicion and skin lesion, a diagnosis of scrub typhus was made that was later confirmed by serology. In the context of changing epidemiological, geographical, environmental, human migration, and access to diagnostic laboratories, a differential of scrub typhus should be borne in mind among patients with similar presentations. We report a case of scrub typhus in an urban setting along with a review of literature.

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