Deaths due to scrub typhus increase in Himachal Pradesh, India

Another death due to scrub typhus brings the total number of deaths this year to 34 in Himachal Pradesh. The latest case resided in the city of Mandi. Across the state, there have been almost 1,100 positive cases of this infection.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure for the general traveller depends on individual activities. This illness is transmitted by the bites of infected mite larva (an insect). During the wet season, these insects are usually found in tall grass and other vegetation. If diagnosed early, it can be successfully treated with readily available antibiotics. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to scrub typhus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mite larva (insect) bites, especially if hiking or camping in rural areas. If symptoms develop after mite bites, seek medical care at once.