Scrub typhus can occur in Taiwan

There have been 31 confirmed cases of scrub typhus nationwide this year. The peak of transmission is in July, so that more cases are expected. Untreated scrub typhus can have a mortality rate as high as 60 percent.

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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