Scrub typhus death for the second time in Kerala – read here symptoms, prevention measures

New Delhi: Days after Kerala recorded its first death, on Sunday (June 12), one more death was reported due to scrub typhus. A 38-year-old woman died at the Government Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, PTI reported. Subita, who was suffering from illness for the last 15 days, was admitted to the hospital on June 10 and died on Sunday morning. A senior hospital source told PTI, “He was brought here on June 10, but he died this morning. As of now, we do not have any such case.”

This Cherunniyur native Ashwathy, a 15-year-old girl, died on June 9 due to scrub typhus, which is locally known as ‘Chelu Pani’. After his death, Kerala Health Minister Veena George had directed a special medical team to visit the place where Ashwathy was admitted. He had assured that the state health department was monitoring the situation.

What is scrub typhus?

scrub typhus Orientia is an infectious disease caused by Tsutsugamushi, a mite-borne bacterium. Chigger mites, the larval stage of the mite, carry disease from animals such as rats, squirrels and rabbits to humans.

Symptoms of scrub typhus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients with scrub typhus experience these symptoms:

1. Fever and body aches

2. Headache

3. Chills and muscle aches

4. A dark, scaly area at the site of a chigger’s bite

5. Mental changes ranging from confusion to coma can be observed in the patients.

6. Enlarged Lymph Nodes

7. Rashes

Scrub Typhus: Prevention

There is no vaccine yet to prevent scrub typhus. However, the CDC suggests avoiding contact with infected chiggers to reduce the risk of getting the disease.

The CDC said that when visiting places where scrub typhus is common, people should avoid areas with abundant vegetation and brush where chiggers are likely to be present.

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