OUTBREAK OF SCRUB TYPHUS IN EASTERN INDIA
*Dr. Rajdeep Saha, Dr. Dipika Menon Mukherjee, Dr. Apoorbaa Roy and Dr. Rajyarsi Guha Thakurta
Scrub Typhus is a zoonotic disease caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi, transmitted by the bite of chiggers of Leptotrombidium deliense group. This study was done to detect outbreak of cases of scrub typhus in Eastern India. A total of 161 cases were examined over a period of 2 ½ months (June 2016 to August 2016). This study was conducted in collaboration with other institute. Out of 161 total cases 111 were positive for Weil felix titre> 1:160 and this was further confirmed by specific IgM testing. Patients who tested positive for scrub typhus improved radically with doxycycline. Thus scrub typhus should be considered in all cases of febrile illness even in absence of eschar. In untreated cases, it can cause death of individuals.
Keywords: Scrub typhus, Zoonotic disease, Weil Felix test.
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