Sundargarh: Six new scrub typhus cases were detected in Odisha’s Sundargarh district, taking the total number to 361 in the district.
Though the scrub typhus cases are on the rise in the district, the medicines are in stock. The testing facility is also available at the District Headquarters Hospital and Rourkela Government Hospital, said Dr. Kanhu Charan Nayak, the Chief Medical Officer In-charge, Sundargarh district.
He said that a special team of doctors is also ready for the treatment of patients infected with scrub typhus. The villagers are being informed about the disease through an awareness campaign.
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’. It is one of the infections if left untreated, can have fatal consequences.