September 22, 2018

Indian state battles 'rat fever' outbreak after worst floods in a century

06 September 2018, 04:57 | Rodolfo Wallace

'Rat Fever' Cases Rise After Kerala Floods,12 Dead Since August 1

Alert sounded as leptospirosis kills 28 in India's flood-hit Kerela - Xinhua |

10 people have died due to Leptospirosis in Kerala till now. With the report of fresh case of death due to Leptospirosis in Malappuram district, the health authorities have intensified the prevention activities through tablet distribution across the district.

Two of those who died on Monday were volunteers who actively participated in cleanup operations after the flood.

The three died of suspected rat fever are Prakashan (43) of Puthanur, Ezhakkad, Mundur, who died in Coimbatore Medical College; Nirmala (50), daughter of Kuttan and Janu of Chempakkara, Ezhakkad of Mundur.

At least 66 people have died in the state since August 22 due to the bacterial infection that spreads through the urine of dogs, rodents, and farm animals.... It infects human when they come in direct contact with the urine of infected animals or with a urine-contaminated environment.

The state government has deployed special units of doctors and nurses to flood-affected areas, officials said. "There is no need of panic as we can control this outbreak", she told reporters. "We beget got determined to originate 200 fast-term hospitals to deal with health concerns", she talked about.The yell government is taking assist from the personal sector and also sought assist from different states.

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Following the review meeting, the health minister declared high alert for three weeks.

With the outbreak of water-borne diseases in flood-ravaged Kerala, the state government has issued an alert to people to maintain extra vigil.

"The victims had unfortunately not taken preventive medicine", the minister said. Many of us, organizations and establishments beget promised assist and if all this materializes in an spectacular manner, the direct could perchance additionally be solved with out direct. It is a fully curable infection, if treated at the right time. "The contemporary floods could perchance in a roundabout scheme lead to an develop in vector-borne diseases during the enlargement in the quantity and fluctuate of vector breeding habitats".

If treatment is delayed, rat fever could affect the liver, kidney, lungs and heart, leading to death.

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