Sundargarh: Ten more people tested positive for scrub typhus infection in Odisha’s Sundargarh district during the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of scrub typhus cases in Sundargarh rose to 414.
A total of 62 blood samples were sent for testing during the past 24 hours. Out of them, ten were found to be infected by scrub typhus.
Till now, two scrub typhus related deaths have been reported from Sundargarh. In Bargarh district, the death toll due to scrub typhus is seven.
Scrub typhus is transmitted by the bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). It is spread to people especially farmers who frequently visit farmland or forest. The most common symptoms of the disease include fever. The chigger bites can cause itchy, inflamed bumps on the skin called ‘eschar’. If left untreated, this disease can cause death.