Bhubaneswar: Senior IAS oficer and Principal secretary of the Agriculture department Arabinda Padhee has tested positive for Scrub Typhus.
It was informed by the Agriculture Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain through a post on X, formerly Twitter.
“Got to know that our @krushibibhag Principal Secretary Dr @arvindpadhee has been tested positive for #ScrubTyphus. Praying to Lord Jagannath for his speedy and complete recovery,” he wrote on ‘X’.
His blood sample was tested at Capital Hospital and found positive for scrub typhus. Padhi is being treated at his home. His health condition is now stable, hospital sources said.
As many as 2,800 people have been infected by scrub typhus in Odisha so far this year.
A central team recently visited Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, and Sambalpur districts to review the scrub typhus situation in the state.
Scrub typhus infection spreads through the bite of chigger, a harvest mite. Those frequenting farmlands and forests are vulnerable to the infection.
The most common symptoms of scrub typhus include fever and a black inflamed mark on the skin called ‘eschar’.