Scrub Typhus death tolls mount 17 in HP


The seasonal outbreak Scrub Typhus today took one more life in the State mounting the death toll to 17 as one patient succumbs to the mysterious fever at Indra Gandhi Medical College Hospital in Shimla. The Senior Medical Superintendent Dr. Ramesh Chand confirmed that 48 years old patients who were tested for the outbreak and admitted at on Sep 19, succumbed in intensive care unit at IGMC today.


He said that with this death toll mounted to 17 in the state as 16 patients have been killed at IGMC and one at Dr Rajinder Praasad Medical College Hospital at Tanda. As Many as 360 patients were found positive for the deadly viral fever. He said that hospital reported the second death in last two days as one young lady also succumbed to this diseases. The State communicable diseases and road accidents are the largest killers of people in the state. SMS has been flashed on the mobile phone to create awareness among the masses to save them from the outbreak.


The State Health Department has distributed pamphlets and posters to raise awareness about the disease and asked people to seek timely treatment. Most of the victims are women and belonged to the rural background. The patients suffering from this disease were coming from various parts of this hill state being tested positive. The seasonal pathogen infested most of the victim after biting of mite when the patient goes to work in the field in infested with weed and in grassy landscapes and pasture in the monsoon season. Most of victims and patients reported in the hospital were working rural households woman who complaints deep red and blue scars around bite spot followed by mysterious fever.


The pathologist attributes this disease caused by an infection created by Orientia Tsutsugamushi Bacteria enters in human body after biting of mites in the shrubs. The first symptom of disease is high intensity and mysterious fever which require regular administration of specific antibiotics prescribe even before the patient tested positive for it as patients were being treated in the Medicine unit of hospital. He said that most of patients were first reported in the regional state and private hospitals however it they are being referred to IGMC if any of them suspected with this disease delay in the treatment may cause fatality.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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