Scrub typhus outbreak reported in Himachal Pradesh, India

So far this year, 20 of the 700 people reported to be infected with scrub typhus have died. A total of 33 cases have also been reported by health authorities in Delhi.

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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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