Twenty-four patients suffering from scrub typhus, have died in Himachal
Pradesh, India. The disease is caused by the bite of an infected mite found in
areas with heavy scrub vegetation.
"The total number of scrub typhus deaths is 24 and 825 patients have
tested positive till September 28," said a government official.
‘Scrub Typhus causes fever, headache, muscle pain, cough and gastroenteritis -- inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines.’
He said directions have been issued to all medical officers in the state to
treat the scrub typhus patients free of cost.
Many patients from across the state were referred to the Indira Gandhi
Medical College and Hospital in Shimla for treatment.
Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda has assured the state government of all
possible help in managing the endemic disease scrub typhus.
"The ministry is very closely monitoring the situation and if requested
shall provide all logistical and technical support to the state to strengthen
their capacity to effectively manage the situation," an official statement
quoting Nadda said on September 27.