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Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a disease, mainly occurring in critically ill patients. The systemic spread of infections mainly causes ARDS due to the seepage of fluid in the spaces of the lung . Scrub typhus is a infection caused by . The bite of mite transmits it. Scrub typhus is frequently due to its non-specific clinical presentation and relatively low level of suspicion in treating physicians. The clinical presentation of scrub typhus is varied from fever, , rashes, headache, to pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis, central nervous system involvement. The disease is usually indistinguishable from other febrile illness like enteric fever, disease, malaria and certain viral hemorrhagic fevers. Identification of an points to the diagnosis without which the diagnosis is based on a high index of clinical suspicion. We report an interesting case of scrub typhus presenting as acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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