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Scrub Typhus claims 24 lives in Himachal Pradesh

Twenty four patients have lost their lives while 825 have been tested positive with the disease

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Publish Date: Sep 30 2016 1:30PM | Updated Date: Sep 30 2016 1:30PM

Scrub Typhus claims 24 lives in Himachal Pradesh
Scrub typhus, a disease caused by the bite of an infected mite found in areas with heavy scrub vegetation has once again gripped Himachal Pradesh as 24 patients suffering from the disease have died.
 
Twenty four patients have lost their lives while 825 have been tested positive with the disease. 
 
While some reports state that directions have been directions have been issued to all medical officers in the state to treat the scrub typhus patients free of cost, many patients from across the state were referred to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla for treatment.
 
Amidst this, Union Health Minister JP Nadda has given assurance to the state of Himachal Pradesh with all possible help in managing the endemic disease scrub typhus.
 
The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle pain, cough and gastroenteritis -- inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines.