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Volume 9, Number 4—April 2003

Dispatch

Scrub Typhus in the Torres Strait Islands of North Queensland, Australia

Antony G. Faa*, William J.H. McBride†Comments to Author , Gaynor Garstone‡, Robert E. Thompson*, and Peter Holt*
Author affiliations: *Thursday Island Hospital, Queensland, Australia; †Cairns Base Hospital, Queensland, Australia; ‡Darnley Island Health Centre, Queensland, Australia

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Demographic, clinical and serologic data for patients with scrub typhus, Torres Strait islands, Queensland, Australia

Patient no. Age (y)/sex Date Island Eschar Orientia tsutsugamushi antibody titera (d after onset)
0–7 8–14 15–21 22–28 >29
1
35/male
Mar 2000
Darnley
No

8,192


8,192
2
19/male
May 2000
Murray
Yes
<64
4,096


4,096
3
29/maleb
Aug 2000

No
1,024
1,024


1,024
4
28/female
Jan 2001
Darnley
Yes

NR

512

5
9/male
Jan 2001
Darnley
No


256

256
6
14/female
Jan 2001
Darnley
No

512
512


7
36/male
Jan 2001
Darnley
Yes
NR

512


8
19/male
Jan 2001
Darnley
No
64c


256

9
5/male
Feb 2001
Darnley
Yes

>1,024
>1,024


10 30/maleb Apr 2001 Yes NRc 128

aSerologic tests were performed by using an immunofluorescent antibody method; NR, nonreactive.

bPatient visited several islands in 3 weeks before becoming ill.

cPolymerase chain reaction for scrub typhus positive (by using primers for 56-kDa antigen gene).

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