MYSTERY fever has killed eight children in India over the past ten days as the killer bug continues to spread.
Dozens more children in the village in the Haryana Palwal region developed fever-like symptoms and were taken to hospital.
The deadly disease, believed to be typhoid or dengue fever, has swept through the northern part of the country.infects thousands of people.
Victims have been affected by declining platelets, a part of the circulatory system that allows blood to coagulate.
Dr. Vijay Kumar, chief physician, said his team “works around the clock” to combat the deadly bug.
He told NDTV: “We were told that children have a fever and that there have been deaths.
“We have visited homes. Examinations are being made, medicines are being distributed.
“We also noticed that there was poor sanitation. We are doing further tests to find out the causes of the fever.”
Health officials warned the village’s 4,000 residents of dengue and sanitation.
Fever patients in the village, who do not have a care facility, were tested for dengue and malaria when doctors struggled to control the spread of insects.
A villager said there was an “atmosphere of fear” among the residents.
Earlier this month, it was reported that 30,000 people in the city of Kanpur had been infected with the disease.
Patients, especially children, in hospitals die very quickly
Neeta Kulshrestha, Senior Health Officer in Firozabad District
Patients have been tested for Covid, but there is no link between the two diseases.
Victims taken to hospital have complained of joint pain, headaches, dehydration and nausea.
Some patients reportedly tested positive for dengue fever other sources claim that the disease is scrub typhus, which is spread by bites from infected mites.
There is no vaccine against typhoid fever – which raises fears of another epidemic.
The spread of the disease has affected the hospitals in Firozabad in the northern Utter Pradesh region.
More than 100 people, including at least 88 children, have been killed by the fever, which has left 12,000 bedridden.
Last week, Neeta Kulshrestha, senior health official in the Firozabad district, said: “Patients, especially children, in hospitals are dying very quickly.”
What is scrub typhus?
Scrub typhus, also known as shingles, is a disease caused by a bacterium called Orientia tsutsugamushi.
Scrub typhus is spread to humans through the bite of infected chiggers (larval mites).
The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever, headache, body aches and sometimes rash.
Most cases of scrub typhus occur in rural areas in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, China, Japan, India and northern Australia.
Anyone living in or traveling to areas where shingles is found can be infected.
Symptoms of scrub typhus usually begin within 10 days of being bitten.
- Fever and chills
- Body aches and muscle aches
- A dark, scab-like region at the site of the chigger bite (also known as eschar)
- Mental changes, ranging from confusion to coma
- Enlarged lymph nodes