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Prevalence of Leptotrombidium deliense, the Scrub Typhus Vector, in the Eastern Himalayas


MALARIA apart, scrub typhus is the most important hazard to the health of troops operating in many parts of South-East Asia, This is well documented in the medical history of the Second World War1,2. As a result of the Chinese aggression in 1962 the eastern Himalayas has assumed great military importance to India. Scrub typhus is known to be endemic in the entire range of the Himalayas, but systematic surveys of the various regions of the Himalayas where troops are likely to operate have not so far been made. I report here a survey of scrub typhus vectors in the eastern Himalayas.

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VARMA, R. Prevalence of Leptotrombidium deliense, the Scrub Typhus Vector, in the Eastern Himalayas. Nature 222, 984–985 (1969).

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