Kohima, September 19 (NEx): SDO (C) Noklak C. Phuniang, NCS stated that atleast five (5) persons have succumbed to Scrub Typhus as per official record available, while many are suspected to have succumbed due to Scrub Typhus related health problem particularly in the Villages.
The Data collected from CHC Noklak for improving water quality and controlling vector borne diseases has shown an alarming 618 positive Scrub Typhus cases since January 2020. Hence, the SDO (C) informed the public to be alert about Scrub Typhus and requested the public to report to CHC Noklak regarding any symptoms of Scrub Typhus.
According to internet sources, Scrub Typhus, is a rare zoonotic disease which is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). The mites are found in grasslands, forests, bush areas, wood piles, gardens, and beaches. The most common symptoms of Scrub Typhus include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash.
Further, the SDO also asked the public to be extra alert about COVID-19 to ensure that norms for controlling COVID-19 are strictly enforced across all villages in the District.
(With inputs from DIPR)