Two more people die from scrub typhus in Himachal Pradesh, India

Health officials have reported a total of 98 people infected with scrub typhus this year. Of these, 2 persons from Shimla and Kullu districts have died. Most of the infected cases occurred in rural areas, and the deaths occurred due to late admission to the hospital.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for the general traveller is low, unless the traveller is bitten by a mite (insect) that is common in the grass and weeds in rural areas during the monsoon season. A commonly available antibiotic (doxycycline) is highly effective if administered as early as possible.

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.