Scrub Typhus infects two cops


Imphal: Two police personnel of Bishnupur district police–one belonging to Commando unit and the other belonging to VDF of reserve line– were tested positive for Scrub Typhus.

They were being given treatment at intensive care unit of Raj Medicity, Imphal an on September 8.

Superintendent of police, Bishnupur, N. Herojit Singh on September 8 urged chief minister N. Biren Singh to take up necessary preventive measures including sanitation of District Head Dialler, Reserve Line and Bishnupur Police station at the earliest.

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According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a disease caused by a bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. Scrub typhus 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.

No vaccine is available to prevent scrub typhus.

Reduce your risk of getting scrub typhus by avoiding contact with infected chiggers. When traveling to areas where scrub typhus is common, avoid areas with lots of vegetation and brush where chiggers may be found, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Most cases of scrub typhus occur in rural areas of Southeast Asia, Indonesia, China, Japan, India, and northern Australia. Anyone living in or traveling to areas where scrub typhus is found could get infected, it says.


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