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a disease of the Asian-Pacific area, transmitted to humans by the bite of the larva of a mite (esp. Trombicula akamushi) and caused by a rickettsia (Rickettsia tsutsugamushi): it is characterized by fever and a rash
An acute infectious disease common in Asia that is caused by the mite-borne bacterium Orientia tsutsugamushi and is characterized by sudden fever, painful swelling of the lymph nodes, and sometimes skin lesions, including an eschar at the site of infection. Also called Japanese river fever, tsutsugamushi disease.