the only member of its genus, this species is the causative agent of scrub typhus, transmitted by mites; formerly called Rickettsia tsutsugamushi.
Etymology: L, oriens, east; Jpn, tsutsuga, illness + mushi, tick
a species of organisms, formerly known as Rickettsia tsutsugamushi, that causes scrub typhus. It is widespread throughout southern and eastern Asia, northern Australia, Indonesia, and the Pacific islands and is transmitted from infected rodents to humans by mites of the family Trombiculidae.
Or·i·en·ti·a tsu·tsu·ga·mu·shi(ōr-ē-en'shē-ă tsū-tsū-gă-mū'shē)
A bacterial species that causes tsutsugamushi disease and scrub typhus; transmitted by trombiculid mites; formerly known as Rickettsia tsutsugamushi.
obligately intracellular bacteria that cause scrub typhus in humans and many small feral mammals, especially rodents and occasionally dogs.