Epidemilogical study on Orientia tsutsugamushi infection of wild rodents in Korea

Sung Ho Rhu, Yang Sook Song, Soo Yong Chung, Sung Sil Moon, Jin Won Song, Ki Joon Song, Kwang Sook Park, Luck Ju Back

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This study was carried out to determine the seropositivity for Orientia tsutsugamushi infection among wild rodents captured in farms and mountains of Korea. A total 965 wild rodents of 7 species and 48 Crocidura laciura were captured in farms and mountains of 6 province during 1997-2000 in Korea. Serological evidence for O. tsutsugamushi infection was obtained using O. tsutsugamushi antigens by indirect immunofluorescent antibody technique (IFA). Four hundred eighty four Apodemus agrariusus, 246 Apodemus peninsulae, 179 Eothenomys regulus, 44 Microtus fortis, 6 Micromys minutus, 5 Mus musculus, and 1 Cricetula triton were captured in Gyeonggi, Gangwon, Chungnam, Gyeongbuk, Gyeongnam, and Jeonbuk province. Among them, 59 (12.2%) A. agrariusus, 22 (8.9%) A. peninsulae, 12 (6.7%) E. regulus, 5 (11.4%) M. fortis and 1 (16.7%) M. minutus were IF antibody positive against O. tsutsugamushi Gilliam or Karp strain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Bacteriology and Virology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Orientia tsutsugamushi
  • Wild rodents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Virology


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