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Korean Journal of Epidemiology 2017;e2017039.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2017039    [Accepted] Published online August 18, 2017.
Epidemiologic characteristics of scrub typhus in Jeju Island, Korea
Sung Uk Lee 
Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Office, Jeju-si, Korea
Correspondence  Sung Uk Lee ,Tel: +84-10-6473-1554, Fax: +82-64-710-2919, Email: sulee86rad@gmail.com
Submitted: June 2, 2017  Accepted after revision: August 18, 2017
Abstract
Purpose:
Scrub typhus is the most common febrile disease in Autumn season. Jeju Island is the largest island in South Korea and has a distinctive oceanic climate. This study aimed to identify epidemiological characteristics of scrub typhus in Jeju.
Method:
From January 2011 to December 2016, total 446 patients were diagnosed with scrub typhus in Jeju. Patient’s personal and environmental factors that may relate to scrub typhus had been investigated and retrospectively analyzed.
Results:
Median age of the patients was 58-year-old (range, 8-91) and 43% of them worked in agriculture, forestry or livestock industry. Regardless of their job, total 87% of patients have the history of outdoor working or activity before scrub typhus. The south and southeast region of Jeju Island, especially Namwon-eup, showed the highest incidence of scrub typhus. Workers in mandarin orange orchard seem to be high risk group for scrub typhus infection.
Conclusions:
Scrub typhus in Jeju Island showed unique characteristics. Individual approaches by each region and year to prevent scrub typhus efficiently should be developed based on epidemiological characteristics of the disease.
Keywords: Scrub typhus; Rickettsia; Korea


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