Scrub typhus reported in Tamil Nadu, India

An increasing number of cases of scrub typhus have been reported in Tamil Nadu and some deaths have been recorded due to this infection in the capital city Chennai. The number of cases is not reported. This illness is transmitted by the bites of infected mite larva (an insect). Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to scrub typhus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mite larva (insect) bites.

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