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Scrub Typhus kills 35 people so far in Mizoram


Scrub Typhus kills 35 people so far in Mizoram

Aizawl ( At least 35 people died and over 900 others were infected with scrub typhus bacteria since the first case was detected in Mizoram in 2012, officials of health department said.

Nodal officer of the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma told that the first case of scrub typhus was reported in the state in 2012 and the health department recorded data since that year.


He said that scrub typhus case was detected again recently at Phullen village 125 km east of Aizawl leading to the death of one person. Around 89 people were also infected with the disease at Phullen and neighbouring villages, he added.

Lalmalsawma, who visited Phullen village last week, however, said that the spread of the disease has been contained and the patients were given medical treatment.

According to the nodal officer, at least 35 people have died and 967 others were infected with scrub typhus since the first case was reported in the state.

Scrub typhus is a mite-borne disease caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi (formerly Rickettsia tsutsugamushi).

Symptoms are fever, a primary lesion, a macular rash, and lymphadenopathy.

Cases of scrub typhus infection have been detected in Champhai, Aizawl and Lunglei districts.


Co-Editor, Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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