Scrub Typhus Outbreak in Mizoram, around 35 killed and 900 affected so far

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Aizwal, January 12: Around 35 people were killed by scrub typhus bacteria in Mizoram while infecting another 900 since its first detection in 2012, a state health official confirms.

Reportedly, Dr Pachuau Lalmalsauma, Nodal Officer of the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Disease Programme (IDSP) has stated that the first case of scrub typhus in Mizoram was detected in 2012, and the state department has been recording the data since then.

An outbreak of scrub typhus was again witnessed recently in Phullen village of Aizwal, resulting in the death of one person while affecting 89 others in Phullen and its neighboring villages. Reportedly, Dr Lalmalsawma has stated that the spread of this disease has been contained and the patients are given adequate medical treatment.

Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a mite-borne disease, caused by bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash.

As reported, although the scrub typhus ticks are extremely small and difficult to detect in the jungle, its bite could be fatal. The districts of Chaphai, Aizwal, and Lunglei have been infected by the scrub typhus bacteria.