Seasonal and environmental determinants of leptospirosis and scrub typhus in small mammals captured at a U.S. Military training site (Dagmar North), republic of Korea, 2001-2004

Kevin S. Payne, Terry A. Klein, Jean L. Otto, Heung Chui Kim, Sung Tae Chong, Si Jung Ha, Se Hun Gu, Ji Hae Jeong, Luck Ju Baek, Jin Won Song

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Abstract

Objective: This study sought to identify seasonal and environmental determinants of scrub typhus, murine typhus, and leptospirosis in small mammals trapped at Dagmar North training area. Gyeonggi Province. South Korea. Methods: Small mammals received titer assays to the aforementioned diseases. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to determine whether associations existed between risk of small-mammal infection and independent variables such as season of capture, habitat, small-mammal species, and sex. Results: Murine typhus was not detected among the animals assayed. Risk of scrub typhus infection was associated with season, habitat, and small-mammal species. Risk of leptospirosis infection was associated with season and habitat. Conclusions: These findings indicate determinants of infection exist for scrub typhus and leptospirosis at this training site. This information can be used for developing appropriate preventive medicine plans and coordinating troop activity during periods of reduced exposure decreasing the likelihood of disease transmission to humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1067
Number of pages7
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume174
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Oct

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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