Volume 84, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



This study was conducted to determine which genotypes were present in southwestern Korea. Nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequence analysis targeting the -specific 56-kDa protein gene was performed with samples of blood and eschar. Of the 69 PCR-positive samples, 61 clustered with the Boryong previously isolated in Korea. CUH 4-6 had sequence homology of 100% with Kato, and CUH 4-3 had homology of 99.8% with Kato and formed the Kato cluster. CUH 4-57, CUH 4-31, CUH 4-142, and CUH 4-324 formed a Kawasaki cluster. CUH 4-271 had sequence homology of 100% with Jecheon and formed a Karp cluster. CUH 4-117 had homology of 99.8% with Neimeng-65, and Gilliam cluster. The most common genotype of in the southwestern part of Korea is the Boryong genotype. We also identified of the Kato, Neimeng-65 and Kawasaki genotypes, which had not been identified before in Korea.


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  • Received : 07 Oct 2009
  • Accepted : 14 Oct 2010
  • Published online : 04 Feb 2011

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