Forty-four scrub typhus deaths in Himachal

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 00:00 AM IST

Shimla: Forty-four deaths were reported in Himachal Pradesh in the past two years due to scrub typhus, a rickettsial disease caused by the bite of an infected larval mite, the state assembly was informed Thursday.

"As many as 1,206 scrub typhus cases were reported in the state in the last two years. Out of these, 948 cases were reported last year," Health Minister Rajeev Bindal informed the assembly in a written reply.

He said 27 patients died in 2010, whereas 17 died in 2009 due to the disease.

The disease symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, muscle pain, cough and gastroenteritis.