Volume 87, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Data on pediatric scrub typhus is uncommon in Sri Lanka and other countries. The objective of this study was to identify the clinical features of patients with scrub typhus at a Base Hospital in Sri Lanka. Sixty patients presenting with suspected scrub typhus were included in the study. Their blood samples were tested for the presence of antibodies against rickettsioses using the reference method. Twenty patients had confirmed scrub typhus and 24 had possible scrub typhus. Their clinical features are discussed in this work.


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  • Received : 15 Mar 2012
  • Accepted : 17 Apr 2012

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