Alert! Scrub typhus in Odisha on the rise, 5 deaths in 2 weeks

Scrub typhus in Odisha is on the rise, said reliable reports on Wednesday. As many as 22 cases have been detected in Burla VIMSAR.

Bargarh: After dengue, there is growing concern about scrub typhus in Odisha. While dengue cases are being detected and on the rise in the state, scrub typhus infection has also been seen said reliable reports on Wednesday.

Due to this very reason, it is worth mentioning that the Director of Public Health has advised the people of the state to be cautious. On the other hand after the detection of scrub typhus in 22 people in Burla VIMSAR, the state government has taken the matter seriously.

Scrub typhus is caused by the bite of an insect (mites) called chiggers. As many as five people have died in scrub typhus in Bargarh district in two weeks. The Bargarh Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) has given this information. Bargarh CDMO said that one person each from Petupali and Beherapali villages of Sohela block, Salepali of Beden block, Khairpali of Burpali block and Lastla village of Atabira block have died.

Be careful, cautioned the director of public health. This is for those who go to the forest. People especially farmers, who frequent agricultural lands, fields or forest get infected with this scrub typhus fever. The disease can be fatal in untreated cases.

The skin on the bitten part of the body becomes dead. That is called treatment. There is a provision for this test to be done by Elisa method in DPHL in all the district hospitals. Treatment is easy when detected. Common antibiotics work in this case. Anyone who has fever should be examined at the earliest, said the Director of Public Health.

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