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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Scrub Typhus in Nepal

Posted by Anup Baral September 06, 2016 :
Scrub typhus or bush typhus is a form of typhus caused by the intracellular parasite Orientia tsutsugamushi, a Gram-negative α-proteobacterium of family Rickettsiaceae first isolated and identified in 1930 in Japan. In Nepal preliminary report on Scrub Typhus, which has been growing as an epidemic in various part of the country, has indicated that the disease is being caused by rats. Eight people have succumbed to this disease, according to government records. Scrub typhus is an acute, febrile, infectious illness that is caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi. Rats have been cited as the main cause for the disease in a report submitted to Epidemiology and Disease Control Department by World Health Organisation (WHO) entomologists. “The growth of disease has been suspected due to the direct human contact with rats that have come out after many houses collapsed during the April 25 earthquake,” said Department Director Dr Baburam Marasini.

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.