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Scrub Typhus in Himachal: Death Toll Reaches 8, Over 800 Tested Positive

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Shimla- Scrub Typhus death toll in Himachal Pradesh has reached eight, while 801 have been tested positive so far. One of the deaths were reported on September 21, 2019, at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. A 16-year-old girl, who was taking treatment at the hospital for the past 10 days, reportedly died today.

So far, among the deceased, five belonged to Shimla, two to Mandi and one to Bilaspur district. All of these victims were receiving treatment at the IGMC Shimla.

As per the data released by the HP Health Department on September 18, a total of 801 cases of Scrub Typhus have been reported from the state. The rise in the number of cases is reported to be steep as by September 10, this number was 622. Maximum cases were reported from district Bilaspur (240), followed by Hamirpur (159), Shimla (107), Kangra (96), Mandi (77), Solan (54), Una (11), Chamba (9), and Kinnaur (1).

Amid the alarming rise in Scrub Typhus cases, the public has been advised that all patients, who complain of high fever, body ache and restlessness, should immediately reach the nearest health centre or start taking medicine for Scrub Typhus (doxycycline) as a precautionary measure. 

As per the health experts, if Typhus goes untreated for two to three days, it becomes fatal. The doctors at the IGMC Shimla cited the delay in treatment as the reason for deaths.

Scrub typhus is caused by a bacteria called Orientia tsutsugamushi. It is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). These mites could be found in grass fields and bushes, which is why people who visit grassy fields to fetch fodder for cattle are more vulnerable to get infected. This is why Scrub Typhus is also known as bush typhus.

Most common symptoms of this disease include fever and chills, headache, body aches, and muscle pain, and appearance of a dark, scab-like region at the site of the chigger bite (also known as eschar).

People with severe illness may develop organ failure and bleeding, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Scrub typhus should be treated with the antibiotic doxycycline. Doxycycline can be used in persons of any age. Antibiotics are most effective if given soon after symptoms begin. People who are treated early with doxycycline usually recover quickly.

 

 

 

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Video: Police Official in Kangra Thrashed by Local Women

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Kangra-Following the alleged murder of a 35-year-old man in Tippri panchayat under Dadasiba police chowki in Kangra district on Thursday, villagers staged a protest with the dead body at the Dadasiba market on Friday. They expressed dissatisfaction over the working of local police.

A mob of villagers, mostly women thrashed the incharge of a police post (ASI) and tore his uniform. Along with a couple of other policemen, the ASI was trying to pacify the villagers who were heading to gherao the police post. A couple of videos of the incident are going viral on social media. In the video, some men can be heard provoking women to beat the ASI.

According to the initial information received, the locals including the parents of the deceased alleged that the local police was trying to present the alleged murder as a suicide. In another video clip, a child (reportedly the son of the deceased), who was said to be about 7-year-old, can be heard saying that he saw his mother beating his father to death along with another man. A Hindi daily and some other portals had uploaded a video of this minor without concealing the face/identity. The police is yet to verify the validity of the video. Himachal Watcher decided not to upload the this video of the minor. 

In the video clip, a man is asking the child in the local dialect to tell about what he saw. The child can be heard saying that his father was beaten with a washing paddle by his mother and a man. The child identified the man and referred to him by his name. The child confirmed that he saw it with his own eyes. The child also said that his mother had told him to not speak of this to anyone.

After the situation became tense, the DSP Dehra and ASP Kangra reached the spot with a police force and pacified the angry villagers. They assured the parents of appropriate action and investigation in the case.

Regarding the thrashing of police official and allegations labelled against him, Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said that an inquiry would be conducted in the matter.

He said that if the post-mortem report suggested a murder, then action would be taken against responsible persons accordingly.

SP, Kangra, Vimukt Ranjan said a case has been filed under Section 302 of the IPC. On the complaint of the police official who was thrashed, a case was filed against villagers under Sections 353, 332 and 382 of the IPC.

Another case was registered against the villagers for violating Section 144.

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Himachal’s COVID-19 Tally Crosses 1000 Mark With 35 New Cases Including 28 ITBP Jawans

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Kinnaur– Himachal Pradesh did not see any let-up in COVID-19 surge yesterday too and crossed the 1000 mark with the appearance of 35 new cases. Now, Himachal’s COVID-19 tally has reached 1014, of which 359 are active, 632 have cured, and eight have died. About 13 patients have migrated outside the State.

The new cases were reported from Kinnaur (17), Shimla (6), Hamirpur (3), Una (3), Kangra (2), Sirmaur (1), Mandi (1), Bilaspur (1), and Lahaul-Spiti (1).

On Thursday, seventeen jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) tested positive in Kinnaur district, while six others were found infected in Rampur, Shimla district. Five more were found positive late last night, details regarding whom are awaited. 

After remaining unaffected till June 3, 2020, the tally for Kinnaur reached 30, of which 27 are active cases. According to the HP Health Department’s daily COVID-19 Bulletin released on June 2 (9:00 PM), the State reported a total of 35 new cases on Thursday.

The 17 ITBP personnel who tested positive were among those arrived at Reckong Peo in Kinnaur on June 24 from the Rajouri region of Jammu and Kashmir. They were moved to Kinnaur to be deployed at the border with China in Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts.

The ITBP campus was sealed following the appearance of cases and restriction were imposed on the movement of all jawans who have arrived or about to arrive in the State.

As of now, Kangra (280) has reported the highest cases, followed by Hamirpur (253) in the second place. After these two districts, Una (113) and Solan (110) have reported over 100 cases.

According to the statistics provided by the State Health Department, a total of 85553 persons have been tested in the State so far. Yesterday, a total of 2048 persons were tested.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for June July 2 (Till 9:00 PM)

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 COVID-19 Cases: Himachal Fast Heading Towards 1000 Mark

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Shimla-The number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh is fast heading towards the 1000 mark. According to the State Health Department’s daily Bulletin (9:00 PM), till July 1, 20202, the total for the State had risen to 979 with the appearance of 26 new cases in various districts. So far, eight people have lost their lives in the State due to the pandemic.

These cases were reported in Kangra (6), Hamirpur (5), Kinnaur (5), Mandi (2), Una (2), Bilaspur (2) Lahaul-Spiti (1), Shimal (1), Sirmaur (1), Solan (1).

In Kinnaur, five jawans of ITBP, who had a travel history from Jammu & Kashmir, were found to be infected. The tally for Kinnaur rose to 13 with 10 active cases.

Lahaul-Spiti that remained unaffected during all phases of lockdown, had reported its first two cases a couple of days ago. The patients were reportedly migrant labourers. Yesterday, the district reported another case, taking the total to three.

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The eight deaths have been reported from Kangra (2), Hamirpur (2), Mandi (2), and Shimla (2). Of the all deceased, five were patients of chronic kidney-related disease.

Among yesterday’s case, an 85-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Una district is most concerning due to a high mortality rate among elderly persons.

So far, Kangra (278) has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Hamirpur (250) in the second place. Solan (110) and Una (110) have crossed the 100 mark.

Of the total 979 patients, 617 have been cured. According to the Health Department, a total of 81516 persons have been tested in the State so far and 19046 are under active surveillance. Yesterday, a total of 2027 persons were tested for COVID-19. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for July 1 (Till 9:00 PM)

Himachal PRadesh Health Department daily covid-19 cases update

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