Scrub typhus warning in Thailand

So far this year, scrub typhus has killed 5 people and infected 8,000 more. Thai officials are warning campers to be alert to mite bites if camping in forested areas.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Scrub Typhus.

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