2 succumb to Scurb typhus in Bundelkhand as disease spreads in 12 districts
Scrub typhus, a disease caused by an Orientia tsutsugamushi bacteria whose main vectors are rodents such as rats and mice, has claimed two lives in the Panna district of the Bundelkhand region, sounding government alarms amid the Covid situation. A team of doctors sent from Bhopal to Panna collected blood samples from some rodents from the affected areas on Thursday, according to health department officials.
According to the officials, patients suffering from the disease were found in more than 12 districts of the state and the prevalence of the disease was known in October when some Panna patients were referred to Jabalpur and the pathology test of blood samples from patients in a The virology laboratory confirmed the presence of the bacteria in his body. Two of the patients died.
Districts with reported patients so far include Panna, Jabalpur, Dindori, Satna, Mandala, Narsinghpur, Katni, Neemuch, Damoh, Umariya, Seoni, Shahdol, said Panna District Health and Medical Director (CMHO) , Dr. LK Tiwari.
Dr Tiwari said a team of doctors from Bhopal arrived in the district on Thursday and collected blood samples from rats and mice from four villages in three blocks where patients with the disease were found.
“With the pathological examination of the blood samples, we will try to find out if the disease was transmitted by rodents from the same area or if the disease was affected by people outside the local areas. However, it is possible that the blood samples taken from the rodents were taken from those rodents that are not vectors of the bacteria, ”said Dr. Tiwari.
One of the Bhopal team members, Dr. Gunjan Singh, said: “The situation is not scary. Two of Panna’s four patients have died. The disease can be cured in 5 days if it is diagnosed and treated early. Vectors of the disease are rats, mice, squirrels, and rabbits. Symptoms of the disease are high fever, headache, body ache, rash, etc. ”
She said: “We are trying to find out the extent of the spread of the disease. Alertness is the key to protecting yourself from disease. People should immediately consult doctors in case of high fever and take all preventive measures such as covering hands and feet while working in agricultural fields, maintaining height at home and outside, etc. ”
Additional Director of Health Services, Dr. Veena Sinha, said: “We have become aware of the reported disease in certain districts. The situation is not yet alarming. We are taking all preventive measures, including raising awareness among people to control the spread of the disease. ”