Nepal – Scrub typhus

Health Authorities in Nepal are reporting a significant increase in the incidence of Scrub Typhus, with around 135 cases currently being diagnosed weekly. Areas of concern include Kathmandu and Provinces 3, 5 and Sudurpaschim. Scrub typhus is caused by a bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi and spread through bites of infected larval mites (chiggers). Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash. Travelers to bush areas should observe personal protective measures effective against mites.