Number of Scrub typhus cases cross 400 in Odisha’s Sundargarh after 6 more test positive

As per the latest information, total number of cases of Scrub typhus has crossed the 400 mark in Odisha's Sundargarh district.

Sundargarh: As per the latest information from reliable sources, total number of cases of Scrub typhus has crossed the 400 mark in Odisha’s Sundargarh district. This comes after six more people in Sundargarh tested positive for Scrub typhus in the last 24 hours.

People of Sundargarh continue to remain panic-stricken due to the rising number of Scrub typhus cases. About 51 blood samples were sent for testing, said reports from reliable sources. Six out of which, tested positive. This has taken the total number of cases in Sundargarh to 402.

So far, two deaths due to Scrub Typhus has been reported in Odisha’s Sundargarh while another continues to undergo treatment in ICU.

Earlier, Scrub typhus claimed one more life in Bargarh, taking the death toll in Bargarh to 7. Amid rise in scrub typhus cases in the state, the 4-member central team visited Bargarh district and took stock of the situation. They also discussed the cause and the diagnosis of scrub typhus with the district health department.

Few days back, Odisha Agriculture Secretary Arabinda Kumar Padhee tested positive for Scrub Typhus. It is worth mentioning that, since he was experiencing symptoms similar to the disease, he decided to get himself tested. His blood sample was sent for a Scrub Typhus test to Capital Hospital and the report came positive.

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Various measures are being taken to bring the situation under control. Massive awareness drives have been launched to sensitize people about the disease and how it can be kept at bay, according to the Sundargarh CDMO. The CDMO has also advised people not to panic and to seek medical advice immediately if symptoms are seen in anyone.

It is to be noted that, scrub typhus infection spreads through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). The common symptoms of the disease include fever and a black inflamed mark on the skin called ‘eschar’. People who frequently visit farmland or forests are highly vulnerable to the infection.

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