The Manipal Bug Story

Scarred, sometmes for life! The Manipal bug is most commonly seen around June to October, with September showing the highest incidence each year.

About 20 years ago, when Pushkar Singh was 17, he came to Manipal,bright-eyed with a lot of dreams,and hopes of getting an engineering degree from Manipal Institute of Technology. Everything was going along great, he was brilliant in his academics, and he excelled in sports. But the thing most appreciated about Pushkar was his handsome appearance and was the darling of all the girls in Manipal and envy of his colleagues!

Scarred, sometmes for life! The Manipal bug is most commonly seen around June to October, with September showing the highest incidence each year.

That all changed during the rainy season in his second year at MIT. The newly constructed hostels facing the valley provided for some of the most scenic vistas for the students and were coveted by one and all. Pushkar with his great charm,managed to grab a valley facing room for himself and settled down to what he thought would be a wonderful 3 years in MIT, Manipal.

He however was in for a rude shock as one fine day when he woke up, he felt a burning sensation on his face,which soon spread to his neck. No amount of washing could rid him of the pain and itching. As the day progressed, there was increased redness and streaks of pus filled boils that appeared in the region of the face and neck. By the time he went to the hospital, his face appeared to be completely disfigured. He was prescribed various creams , however, the scarring persisted and he was never the same again, physically or mentally. The scarring, made him feel depressed about his looks and he became a social recluse and as a result, he stopped performing in class as well.

He passed out of MIT, with less than average marks and took up his family business and to this day rues the night of the Manipal Bug.

This is fictitious story. Any resemblance to any person living or dead is purely co-incidental.  However  if you stay in Manipal, this could well be your story!

To learn more about the Manipal Bug, and how to protect yourself, please keep watching this page. Like our Facebook page or follow us on twitter.

About Nurse 69 Articles
When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don't remember me nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them and they to me and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing.