The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Research (PGIMER) has recorded a sudden increase in the number of patients from the Tricity suffering Scrub typhus a disease usually thought to be prevalent only in the forest areas in the hills.
The hospital has received 40 confirmed cases of the disease in the month of August itself. The cases reported to PGIMER are from the urban areas of Punjab,Haryana,Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh. Last year,PGIMER had registered 80 such cases in August and September.
Scrub typhus usually occurs during the monsoons and happens accidentally in humans,the symptoms for which are fever,accompanied by vomiting respiratory distress. It is hard to be diagnosed at primary health-care level given the non-availability of serological tests.