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J Bacteriol Virol. 2003 Jun;33(2):131-138. Korean. Original Article.
Rhu SH , Song YS , Chung SY , Moon SS , Song JW , Song KJ , Park KS , Baek LJ .
Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
The Institute of Viral Diseases, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
Graduate School, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

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.

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