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Scrub Typhus in India

04 Oct 2016

A media reportLink of the 27 September 2016 asserts that scrub typhus has claimed 20 lives and affected over 700 people across Himachal Pradesh.

In response the health officials are being directed to generate public awareness and prevention in effort to control the disease.

Advice for Travellers

Scrub typhus is an infection caused by a rickettsia-like bacteria. The infection is transmitted by infected larval trombiculid mites and rats or mice may act as reservoirs. Humans may become infected in areas where the mites and rodents are present, most often areas of low-lying scrub brush or vegetation.

Travellers should be aware of the risk of scrub typhus, particularly those visiting rural areas who should avoid close contact with this type of vegetation. The skin should be protected with clothing (ideally permethrin treated) and DEET insect repellent on exposed skin.

For further advice on insect bite avoidance see the following link: Insect Bite Avoidance