Scrub Typhus, The killer disease, comes to town
For almost six days, Kamya's parents wondered why her fever did not come down despite taking medicines including some expensive antibiotics. Last week, she died at a leading private Hospital following multiorgan failure.
It was only when a doctor at the intensive care unit noticed a tiny black scar on her thigh, she knew Kamya's disease - scrub typhus , a rare zoonotic disease (which can be transmitted from animals to humans). Doctors say the disease is curable using antibiotics, but it can get out of hand when diagnosis is delayed.
"Kamya was referred to us very late," said a doctor. In December 2011, doctors saw at least three very sick children with scrub typhus. All of them had to be ventilated , and one of them required dialysis. "This is dengue season. There were four patients with dengue, but they weren't as sick. They were discharged in three days, but those with scrub typhus were here for at least a week," the doctor said.
Scrub typhus spreads when chiggers - mites found in forests, and now, urban shrubs - bite the person and inject a microorganism called rickettsia tsutsugamushi into the blood. A blood test can confirm the infection , but sometimes doctors treat the symptoms without ordering a blood test.
About 60% of patients will have the bite mark for a long time, says Dr Ram Gopalakrishnan, an infectious diseases consultant at Apollo Hospitals. Until two years ago the disease was suspected only in people who had travelled to forests, but now many people from the city are testing positive.
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