Volume 88, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



An 85-year-old female farmer was admitted to our hospital for fever, general fatigue, and skin rash. Cephalosporin was not effective and minocycline was dramatically effective. An eschar was discovered on her inguinal region after the defervescence. Laboratory examination of serum taken 12 days after onset of the illness showed elevated titers of antibodies against the Shimokoshi strain of . The gene sequence analysis of specimen from the patient's eschar revealed high similarity to the Shimokoshi strain by nested polymerase chain reaction. Therefore, this patient was diagnosed as a case of Shimokoshi-type tsutsugamushi disease, which has not previously been reported in Western Japan. Recently, cases of this type have also been confirmed in northeastern Japan, suggesting the need for further epidemiological studies.


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  • Received : 11 Dec 2012
  • Accepted : 24 Feb 2013
  • Published online : 05 Jun 2013

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