Sundargarh: Seven more persons were detected to be infected by scrub typhus in Sundargarh district. With these new additions, the total number of scrub typhus cases in Sundargarg rose to 396.
During the past 24 hours, 57 samples of blood were sent for testing. Out of them, seven were tested positive for scrub typhus. So far, two deaths due to scrub typhus have been reported in Sundargarh while another is undergoing treatment in ICU.
Awareness campaigns continue in villages to make people aware of the disease and precautions to prevent its infection.
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.