Due to overlapping symptoms, it is often not possible to distinguish scrub typhus clinically from murine typhus, spotted/spotless typhus fevers, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Q fever, dengue, leptospirosis, typhoid fever, malaria, an adverse drug reaction from arboviral or enteroviral diseases.

Most of these common infectious diseases are easily treatable and preventable, if diagnosed correctly.

Although our major focus has been on scrub typhus and murine typhus, we are increasingly expanding capacity to detect and target other zoonotic diseases such as spotted fever rickettsioses, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Q fever and bartonellosis.

Current and future research efforts are directed towards better defining the spectrum and epidemiology of these treatable zoonotic diseases, and developing this in collaboration with OUCRU, our sister unit in Vietnam.