In Western Uttar Pradesh's Mathura, many children have been diagnosed with a new mystery fever identified as Scrub Typhus.
Mathura Chief Medical Officer Dr Rachna Gupta said 26 children are sick in Koh village, while the number is three, 14 and 17 in Piproth, Ral and Jasoda, respectively. Ten people, including eight children, have died in the region, reports have said.
Infections and deaths have also been reported in other Western UP districts such Agra, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah and Kasganj. Medical teams are collecting samples from these areas.
HOW IT SPREADS
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), scrub typhus, also known as shrub typhus, is caused by a bacterium called Orientia Tsutsugamushi. The infection spreads to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms usually begin within ten days of the bite and include fever, runny nose, headache, body and muscle aches, mood swings, enlarged lymph nodes, and rashes.
NO VACCINE BUT HERE ARE SOME DOS AND DON’TS
The CDC advises people to dress children in clothing that covers arms and legs, or cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting. It also asks them to treat clothing and gear with 0.5% permethrin as it kills chiggers.