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.
He said directions have been issued to all medical officers in the state to treat the scrub typhus patients free of cost.
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.