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Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state

Deadly 'rat fever' in flood-ravaged Indian state

Over a fortnight after the massive floods ravaged the state, affecting almost 55 lakh people, about 13,000 people were still in various relief camps, State Disaster Control Room officials said.

A health ministry spokesman said as of Sunday there had been almost 200 confirmed cases of what is locally called rat fever - the waterborne disease leptospirosis transmitted via the urine of infected animals, with symptoms including muscle pain and fever. Narayani, 80, hailing from Vadakara, died of leptospirosis while Anil, 54, from Eranhikkal died of suspected leptospirosis on Monday.

Overall, nine deaths from the disease have been confirmed, but the number may rise to over 40 pending full medical reports, the ministry spokesman said.

A health specialist claims 30 people have died in the past week.




"Today in Kozhikode we have seen 57 new suspected cases, totally we now have 239 suspected cases of the fever", said Kozhikode District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr Jayashree. The health minister also directed to form Arogya Sena covering 20 houses in all the panchayats to ensure the chlorination of water sources in their respective limits. The yell has already recorded three, 364 cases of dengue with 34 deaths.First Printed: Mon, Sep 03 2018. According to the Times Of India, she further informed that the state's health department has received guidance from WHO expert panel, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and the national centre for disease control (NCDC) along with the Union health ministry to carry out planning operations. Fifteen other deaths were reported over the past few days, which have been classified as "suspected rat fever".

In the past two days, eight people have died due to the disease that transmits from animals to humans. Among these, three were confirmed with letptospirosis.

"We had anticipated leptospirosis due to contaminated water and are taking all measures to distribute preventive drugs in camps", Kerala health director Sarita R L told AFP. From August 29 to September 1, 20 people had sought treatment for leptospirosis.

Most cases of leptospirosis were reported from Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.


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