A New Focus of Scrub Typhus in Tropical Australia

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  • Menzies School of Health Research and Royal Darwin Hospital, Casuarina, Fremantle Hospital, Fairfield Hospital, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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A new focus of scrub typhus (Rickettsia tsutsugamushi) is described in a remote rain forest region of the Northern Territory of Australia. Five serologically confirmed cases, two near fatal with multisystem involvement, have occurred since the area became accessible to tourists. As tourism increases, other remote foci of vectors and organisms may also be recognized in tropical Australia.