Sabitha, a 39-year-old lady from Parassal, Thiruvananthpuram district, died of Scrub Typhus disease. She had been sick for the preceding 15 days and died early Sunday morning.
On Thursday, Ashwathi, a 15-year-old girl, died of Scrub-Typhus in Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram district. She acquired the sickness and died while waiting for the results of her 10th standard board examination.
Veena George, the state’s health minister, has dispatched a special medical team to Ashwathi’s hometown, where she was hospitalized. Despite the state health department’s efforts, the second death has exacerbated the health professionals’ and department’s concerns.
Scrub Typhus is an infectious disease caused by the mite-borne bacteria Orientia tsutsugamushi. Rats, squirrels, rabbits, and dogs are all carriers of the disease, which is spread by chigger mites, the larval form of mites.
However, the state health department is keeping an eye on the situation, according to Veena George.