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Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a tick-borne viral disease with a high mortality rate. Infection can also occur through close contact with an infected patient. Scrub typhus is an acute febrile illness caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi, a bacterium transmitted to humans through chigger mite bites. South Korea is an endemic region of SFTS and scrub typhus. In this study, we confirmed that a patient was coinfected with SFTS virus and two (Boryong and Taguchi) genotypes of O. tsutsugamushi.
Financial support: This work was supported by a grant obtained from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (grant number: NRF-2016M3A9B6021161).
Authors’ addresses: Jeong Rae Yoo, Sang Taek Heo, Ji-Hoon Kang, Dahee Park, Jeong Soon Kim, Jeong Hoon Bae, Jong Jin Woo, Suhyun Kim, and Keun Hwa Lee, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Jeju National University College of Medicine, Jeju, South Korea, E-mails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, archons1004@ naver.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
These authors contributed equally to this work.