Scrub typhus cases increase with monsoon rains in Himachal Pradesh, India

Monsoon rains have increased the number of reported cases of scrub typhus in Himachal Pradesh State. So far, 137 people across the state are positive for the fever. The most affected district is Bilaspur district with 29 cases. As many as 36 patients infested with rickettsial-scrub typhus have been hospitalised at the Indira Gandhi Medical College.

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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