Scrub typhus claims 24 deaths in HP


This Hill state was regularly pouring with new cases of scrub Typhus as 825 cases had been tested positive and claimed 24 deaths so far. The State Government spokesman said today that there was need for further evaluation to assign these deaths to scrub typhus as there might be associated co-morbid conditions.


The Principal Secretary, Health Mr. Prabodh Saxena today reviewed situation and measures taken to control the scrub typhus cases in the State. A Spokesperson of the State Health Department said that the general public had been urged to wear full sleeve clothes while going to fields as scrub typhus spreads in monsoon period. They have also been advised to cut grass around the houses and in case of fever, they should go for medical examination in the nearest health institute.


He said there was no need for panic as it has been found that the cases of scrub typhus disease had not gone up and the surveillance activities and diagnostic facilities had been increased. All Medical Officers had already been directed to treat the suspected scrub typhus cases free of cost and the required medicines had also been made available at all Primary Health Centers.


He informed that till 28 September, 2016 a total of 825 cases had been tested positive for scrub typhus and 24 deaths had been reported due to deadly virus. Union Health Minister Mr. J P Nadda have assured the state to provide all assistance to meet with annual mysterious fever. Last years Scrub typhus also claimed 33 lives and it infested as many as 950 patients. Most of fatalities caused by the viral fever are of women. The viruses enter into human body after bite of field mite among the green grass in humid rainy season annually.

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