he mite-borne bacterial disease has been on a steady rise in western Odisha, triggering concerns.
Amidst the alert sounded for the Scrub Typhus by the Odisha Health department, Sundargarh district reported 11 new cases of the disease in a single day, taking the total number of positive cases to 180 on Sunday.
Out of the total 180 scrub typhus cases, 10 patients are from outside Odisha and 9 are from other districts.
Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Sundargarh Kanhucharan Nayak earlier said a special drive is being conducted to create awareness among the people about Scrub Typhus.
“As far as prevention of the disease is concerned, we are focusing on making people aware of the disease. ANM and ASHA workers are on the field. Suspected patients are being sent for testing and subsequent treatment,” Nayak informed.
However, locals allege that no ANM or other officials have visited their area. As a result, they are not getting proper information regarding the disease and what to do if they suffer from fever and other such complications.
The mite-borne bacterial disease has been on a steady rise in western Odisha, triggering concerns.
So far, six persons have died due to the disease in Odisha. While 5 deaths have been reported from Bargarh district, one person has succumbed to the disease in Sundargarh.