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Scrub Typhus outbreak claims 5 lives in Noklak

By EMN Updated: Sep 19, 2020 12:04 am

Dimapur, Sep. 18 (EMN): Noklak district has officially recorded 618 positive cases for Scrub Typhus, while five persons have succumbed to the disease from January till September 14, 2020.

Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a disease caused by bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. It is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash.

In view of the high prevalence of the disease, the SDO  Noklak, C Phuniang, has informed the public to be alert about Scrub Typhus and requested them to report at CHC Noklak regarding any symptoms of the disease, a DIPR report stated on Friday.

The data collected from CHC Noklak for improving water quality and controlling vector borne diseases had shown an alarming 618 positive scrub typhus cases since Jan 2020, while five persons have succumbed as per official record available, the report stated. Phuniang suspected that many might have succumbed to Scrub Typhus-related health problem particularly in villages. He also asked the public to be extra alert about Covid-19 and strictly follow all the safety protocols which are enforced in all the villages of the district.

By EMN Updated: Sep 19, 2020 12:04:21 am