Volume 95, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



We estimated the seroprevalence and determined the frequency of acute infections with , spotted fever group rickettsiae, , and among 2,225 febrile patients presenting to community hospitals in three rural Thailand provinces during 2002–2005. The seroprevalence was 0.2% for sennetsu neorickettsiosis (SN), 0.8% for spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae, 4.2% for murine typhus (MT), and 4.2% for scrub typhus (ST). The frequency of acute infections was 0.1% for SN, 0.6% for SFG, 2.2% for MT, and 1.5% for ST. Additional studies to confirm the distribution of these pathogens and to identify animal reservoirs and transmission cycles are needed to understand the risk of infection.

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  • Received : 15 Oct 2015
  • Accepted : 24 Mar 2016

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