New cases of scrub typhus emerge in Chitwan district, Nepal

In the last month, up to 59 people have been newly infected with scrub typhus making a total of 264 infected people in the last 6 months in this district. According to health officials, 2 people have died in the region of Chitwan and a total of 8 people have died in the eastern part of the country since the outbreak with scrub typhus being reported in a total of 37 districts in the country.

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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.

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