Scrub typhus is a bacterial infection caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi. It spreads through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). Also known as bush typhus, the symptoms of the disease is similar to many other vector-borne diseases. The site where the chigger bites develops a dark, scalp like region called eschar. The infected person can experience mental illness ranging from confusion to coma.
Mathura in western Uttar Pradesh has reported cases of scrub typhus infection. It has affected more than 24 people in the district. There currently lacks vaccines to prevent this infection. It can be prevented by avoiding contact with infected chiggers, which are found in areas with lots of vegetation and bushes.