Scrub typhus in Southern India: arewe doing enough?

Razak, Abdul and Sathyanarayanan, Vishwanath and Prabhu, Mukhyaprana and Sangar, Madhusudan and Balasubramanian, R (2010) Scrub typhus in Southern India: arewe doing enough? TROPICAL DOCTOR, 40. pp. 149-151.

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Abstract

Scrub typhus is a potentially fatal infectious disease caused byOrientia tsutsugamushi.We report on a retrospective analysis of clinicalmanifestations, lab investigations and outcome of patients admitted to our hospital fromJanuary 2009 to December 2009 with scrub typhus. TheWeil-Felix test was the serological method used to diagnose scrub typhus. Atotal of 29 patients were diagnosed with scrub typhus and themajority of thempresented with fever (100%), headache (51%), myalgia (51%) and gastrointestinal symptoms (44%) as predominant features. Six patients (20%) presented with altered sensorium and signs of meningial irritation.There is an emergence of rickettsial infection in southern India, posing diagnostic difficulty and delay in treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment are important as it prevents serious complications associated with the disease.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2013 11:00
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2013 11:00
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/78047

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