First cases of scrub typhus reported in Nawalparasi district, Nepal

Health authorities have reported the first case of scrub typhus in Nawalparasi district. Infected people have also been reported from Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur, Siraha, Khotang, Dhading and Kailali districts.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk for the general traveller is low, this infection may be more widespread in Nepal than previously thought.

This illness is transmitted by the bites of infected mite larva (an insect). 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. If symptoms develop after mite bites, seek medical care at once.

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