Descriptive Epidemiology of Scrub Typhus in Nepal
Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, National Public Health Laboratory
Scrub typhus is a rickettsial disease, reported from many Asian countries including Nepal. The presence of scrub typhus in Nepal was officially confirmed in 2015. In 2015, a total of 101 cases were reported from 16 districts. Out of them, 8 cases died, accounting about 8% of case fatality rate. Nepal again suffered from scrub typhus outbreak in 2016 with more than 800 reported cases and 14 deaths. A total of 47 districts were affected by the epidemic.
The aim of this study is to conduct descriptive epidemiology of scrub typhus with the aim to describe socio-demographic characteristics, temporal distribution and spatial distribution of reported cases. This study also will document entomological and rodentological evidence.
Study report has been released and it is available on NHRC web portal.