In view of the rise in scrub typhus cases in Odisha, a Central team visited Sundargarh to examine the situation in the district.
The six-member team, also including two medical experts from Odisha, attended a review meeting at the Sundargarh CDMO’s office.
The outbreak of scrub typhus has created an alarming situation in several districts of Odisha. In Sundargarh, the cases are higher with 292 persons infected.
The first scrub typhus patient was identified in Sundargarh district in January this year. Subsequently, the infection rate reduced gradually. However, the number increased in the district after August.
The district recorded 42 new cases in the last three days. On Thursday and Friday, 29 cases were reported from the district.
Scrub typhus is transmitted by the bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). The most common symptoms of the disease include fever. The chigger bites can cause itchy, inflamed bumps on the skin called ‘eschar’. It is one of the infections if left untreated and can have fatal consequences.