Sudden increase in scrub typhus in Shimla, India

As many as 27 new cases of scrub typhus were diagnosed at the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday, one day after another 18 cases tested positive for this infection. This number of patients arriving at this central medical institution for treatment suggests that the number of cases could be higher since most people opt for treatment at the district level.

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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