Chiggers are tiny, six-legged wingless larvae that mature to become a type of mite. Chiggers are typically found in tall grass, weeds and the edges of woodlands. Their bite causes severe itching and red pimple-like bumps or hives. Chigger bites can transmit the bacteria Orientia tsutsugamushi
, which causes scrub typhus, a disease without a vaccine. AFRIMS conducts surveillance for chiggers and scrub typhus across Southeast Asia.
The primary department at AFRIMS involved with this research is Entomology
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