Sabine Dittrich, Elizabeth Card, Weerawat Phuklia, Williams E Rudgard, Joy Silousok, Phonelavanh Phoumin, Latsaniphone Bouthasavong, Sarah Azarian, Viengmon Davong, David A B Dance, Manivanh Vongsouvath, Rattanaphone Phetsouvanh, Paul N Newton
Orientia tsutsugamushi, which requires specialized facilities for culture, is a substantial cause of disease in Asia. We demonstrate that O. tsutsugamushi numbers increased for up to 5 days in conventional hemocultures. Performing such a culture step before molecular testing could increase the sensitivity of O. tsutsugamushi molecular diagnosis.
August 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases