A ProMED-mail post
Date: Thu 25 Oct 2012
Archive Number: 20121026.1366954
Source: The Times of India, Times News Network (TNN) [edited]
One more scrub typhus patient died in the state taking the death toll due to the disease to 14. The medical health and family welfare department confirmed a scrub typhus death in Bundi district after which teams of the department inspected the Nainwa area of the district. Bundi chief medical health officer Dr OP Verma on Wednesday [24 Oct 2012] claimed that the situation is not alarming, as no more cases of scrub typhus have been found in the area. The department officials had conducted a door-to-door survey of the area on Tuesday [23 Oct 2012] to find out if there are more cases of the disease in the area. The officials only found patients suffering from fever and other illness.
The health department is taking help of the agriculture department to keep the area safe from various kinds of diseases due to unhygienic conditions. Dr Verma said the agriculture department would inform people in the area of what kind of chemicals they can use to kill mites and other microorganisms that cause illness.
The cases of scrub typhus were first reported in Alwar and since then several cases have already been reported from 11 other districts. The other districts are Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, Dausa, Dholpur, Jaipur, Karouli, Sikar, Sawai, Madhopur, and Tonk.
A health department official said scrub typhus is a new disease [in the state?] and than 140 cases have already been reported from various parts of the state. So far, 14 deaths have been reported. The department has taken measures to control the spread of the disease, including creating awareness about the new disease.