Medicine: Tsutsugamushi

The nearer the Army & Navy get to Japan, the more often they encounter tsutsugamushi (Japanese for "dangerous bug fever"). It is also known as scrub typhus, is related to epidemic typhus. Service doctors expect the worst infection in Formosa, Malaya, Japan itself. The disease is carried by the larva of the red mite, Trombicula akamushi, which bites only once, but perhaps fatally—the death rate is 4% to 55%, depending on the virulence of the epidemic. To teach their colleagues about this new danger, Lieuts. (j.g.) Donald S. Farner and Chris P. Katsampes discussed it in the current U.S. Naval Medical...

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