The Kerala health department has issued a high warning for leptospirosis or rat fever and necessary measures are being taken to slow down the spread of the disease in the state. According to reports from Kerala, the district of Kozhikode alone has lost 8 people due to leptospirosis. The incident of rat fever has also been reported in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Malappuram alongside Kozhikode.
More than 100, and 134 to be precise, people have approached several district hospitals with the symptoms of the disease that plagues the state. And of these patients the largest number of patients has been reported in the districts of Thrissur, Palakkad and Kannur. And it is not new to the state, because 97 people have already died in the last 8 months as a result of rat fever.
Leptospirosis is a rare bacterial infection that affects people of animals such as dogs, rats and farm animals. The bacteria do not cause damage to the animals but have serious consequences for humans. Caused by bacterium Leptospira intercepts of the Leptospira family, this results in a wide range of symptoms in humans, which can also be mistaken for another disease.
Health officials, however, said that the state normally sees a lot of leptospirosis around the monsoon, but the number of people suffering from the bacterial disease will rise significantly this time because of the devastating tidal wave that hit Kerala. In case of untreated use, rat fever can lead to serious health complications, including kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, breathlessness and even death in many cases.
Published: 1 September 2018 09:41 hours