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Scrub Typhus grips Himachal Pradesh, kills five

There are around 200 people who have been tested positive with the disease

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Publish Date: Sep 1 2016 12:59PM | Updated Date: Sep 1 2016 12:59PM

Scrub Typhus grips Himachal Pradesh, kills five

After dengue, malaria and other insect-transmitted diseases across India, a disease called scrub typhus has gripped some of the regions of Himachal Pradesh where five people have lost their lives to the disease. 

 
Scrub typhus is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mite found in areas with heavy scrub vegetation.
 
According to IANS, there are around 200 people who have been tested positive with the disease which has claimed a total of five lives so far. 
 
Meanwhile, many patients suffering from the disease are referred to state capital of Shimla for treatment due to lack of facilities in hilly region. 
 
The arrival of scrub typhus patients could continue till next month.The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle pain, cough and gastroenteritis, i.e., inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines.