J Pediatr Infect Dis 2017; 12(02): 114-118
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1599835
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Emerging Infections in Children in North India: Scrub Typhus

Shyam S. Mina1, Viredra Kumar2, Viswas Chhapola2
  • 1Department of Paediatrics Medicine, VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • 2Department of Paediatrics Medicine, Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
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21 November 2016

12 January 2017

Publication Date:
05 April 2017 (eFirst)


Rickettsial infections are re-emerging zoonotic bacterial infections in the Indian subcontinent. This study summarizes the epidemiologic aspects, clinical and laboratory features of scrub typhus in pediatric patients. Children who presented with fever for more than 5 days without an identifiable cause were investigated for scrub typhus by immunoglobulin M enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. A total of 72 cases were screened. Forty-three of them were categorized as probable cases and qualified for specific antirickettsial therapy. Effective management and early administration of antibiotics might prevent the complications and mortality associated with scrub typhus.