Notes From the Field

Scrub Typhus Outbreak — Los Lagos Region, Chile, January–February 2023

Thomas Weitzel, MD; Constanza Martínez-Valdebenito, MSc; Gerardo Acosta-Jamett, PhD; Katia Abarca, MD


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2023;72(27):753-754. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


During January 14–February 14, 2023, a total of 36 cases of suspected scrub typhus were reported from the Los Lagos Region in southern Chile. Scrub typhus is a bacterial disease caused by one of three Orientia spp. and transmitted through bites from infected chiggers (larval mites).