58 in eastern China sickened with scrub typhus
CHINA: Some 58 people in eastern China have been sickened with scrub
typhus after being bitten by mites, health officials said Friday.
The Anhui province health department said in a statement posted on
its Web site that most of the sick had been treated in hospitals and
Medical facilities were on alert for more infections because they
usually peaked between September and December, it said. All of the cases
occurred this month in Anhui province, including 47 in Fuyang, eight in
Bengbu and three in Bozhou.
Scrub typhus is caused by bites from the Rickettsia tsutsugamushi
mite. Symptoms include acute fever, severe headaches and a rash. It can
be treated with the antibiotic tetracycline or its derivatives.
The disease, which occurs mostly in low-lying rural areas of Asia and
Australia, usually infects people visiting or working in mite-infested
areas in scrub, overgrown terrain or forest clearings.