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Geographical distribution of vectors and sero-strains of tsutsugamushi disease at mid-south inland of Korea

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 한반도 중남부 내륙지방에서의 쭈쭈가무시병 혈청형과 매개종의 지리적 분포상 
 Han-Il REE  ;  In-Yong LEE  ;  Soung-Hoo JEON  ;  Yoshiya YOSHIDA 
 KOREAN JOURNAL OF PARASITOLOGY, Vol.35(3) : 171-179, 1997 
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Studies of geographical distributions and relative population densities of the vector mites of tsutsugamushi disease were carried out in October 1996 at 12 locations of the mid-south inland of the Korean peninsula, where chigger mites have been never studied. Of 177 field rodents and insectivores collected, 154 (87.0%) were Apodemus agrarius. Total 25,707 chigger mites were collected and 14 species were identified, of which Leptotrombidium pallidum was predominant (79.8%) and L. palpale the next (8.9%). L. pallidum, the vector species, was widely distributed in all study areas, showing the highest density at Cho-o 2-dong, Sangju-si (chigger index 201.8), and the lowest at Tanwol-dong. Chungju-si (chigger index 40.7). The other vector species, L. scutellare was found only at the southern part of the study area such as Yobae and Mipyong, Kumrung-gun and Unsu, Kimchon-si. The northernmost areas of the L. scutellare distribution were coincided with the areas where anual mean air temperature is above 10.0 C. Among 157 A. agrarius sera tested, 48.3% was Karp, 1.7% Gilliam and 3.3% Kuroki. The rest of the sera were not able to determine the sero-type because of the cross antigen-antibody reactions among the tested sero-types.
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Ree, Han Il(이한일)
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