What is scrub typhus? Who has created a stir in Himachal Pradesh!

Monsoon season provides great relief from the scorching heat. But the heat also increases in monsoon. Recently a bacterial infection called scrub typhus has come to light in Himachal Pradesh. This infection has created a stir in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. According to the report, at least 5 people died. At the same time, reports of more than 700 people have come positive.

What is scrub typhus?

Scrub typhus is a bacterial disease. This is a transition that is in its early stages. Which is caused by the bacteria ‘Orientia Tsutsugamushi’ due to changing weather. It is caused by the bite of infected ticks. Scrub typhus occurs when this infected insect bites a human. It is commonly found in Asia and the Pacific  region including India. It is very high in hilly areas during the rainy season. It is mainly transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mites called chiggers.

These mites are usually found in dense forests and tall grasses. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, rash and swollen lymph nodes. Apart from this, a typical symptom of scrub typhus is eschar, in which severe wounds start appearing on the skin. Where this insect bites, it is common to get black or crusty and wound at that place.  In many cases, problems of breathing and organ failure have also been reported. 

These people are more prone to this disease

Scrub typhus is a cause of concern in India as it can take serious forms if not diagnosed and treated promptly. The most frightening thing is that in some cases even life can be lost. Its symptoms overlap with malaria, dengue and other febrile diseases during the monsoon season, due to which people do not pay attention to it. The fear of getting scrub typhus is mostly for those people who live in villages or forested areas. Or those who do farming, camping or walking in grasslands. Those people are more at risk of getting this disease.  

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