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CDC warns against scrub typhus during tomb sweeping season

CDC warns against scrub typhus during tomb sweeping season

Taipei, March 27 (CNA) Members of the public are urged to take precautions against scrub typhus when cleaning up their ancestors graves around the time of the Tomb Sweeping Festival in early April, as the disease is transmitted by mites in the vegetation, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday. The risk of scrub typhus increases around the time of Tomb Sweeping Day on April 5, when many people walk through bushy areas to reach their ancestors' graves, especially those located in rural Taiwan. The disease is transmitted by mites that burrow under the skin, creating chiggers, which cause scrub typhus. People should take the precaution of wearing appropriate clothing and shoes and applying insect repellent before heading to the gravesites, the CDC advised. On their return, they should immediately shower and change their clothes, it added. Scrub typhus infections are reported throughout the year in Taiwan but become more common in April and May and peak in July, the CDC said. Infections occur throughout Taiwan, but mountainous counties, such as Taitung, and the offshore islands of Kinmen and Penghu are classified as high-risk areas, according to the CDC. Common symptoms of the parasitic disease include a high fever, headaches, excessive sweating and nausea. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:57 GMT+08:00