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Interview with Dr. Guna Nidhi Sharma, chief of Epidemiology Units of Epidemiology and Diseases Control Division:
Scrub typhus, is an acute infection that is caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi(formerly known as Rickettsia), a gram negative proteobacterium.
It is also known as tsutsugamushi disease. “Tsutsuga” means small and dangerous, and “mushi” means insect or mite. The name scrub typhus was derived from the type of vegetation (terrain between woods and clearings) that harbors the vector.
Humans are accidental hosts of this zoonotic disease. This obligate, intracellular, gram-negative bacterium has a large number of serotypes.