| Thiruvananthapuram |
Published: September 3, 2018 2:38:24 am
As a result of flooding, the Kerala government issued a warning against leptospirosis after allegedly claimed 27 lives in the state. Leptospirosis is a type of zoonosis – a group of diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.
The health department has asked people who came into contact with high water to take preventive medication. Some of the deceased were involved in cleaning in flood-affected areas.
Officials from the health department said that in August only 34 suspected cases of leptospirosis and 229 confirmed cases were reported in the state. However, in the first two days of September, as many as 160 suspected cases and 73 confirmed cases were reported, indicating the severity of the epidemic.
The distribution of the suspect confirmed cases shows that most incidents have been reported from areas that have been flooded. In 2018, 1,651 suspected cases, 74 suspected deaths and 821 confirmed cases of leptospirosis were reported in Kerala, sources said.
Minister of Health K K Shylaja said that preventive medicine is available in all hospitals. "Warning has been issued to 13 of the 14 districts, volunteers and civil servants engaged in cleaning and relief activities in flood-affected areas are strictly focused on taking preventive medicine We have opened rat fever (leptospirosis) clinics in all government hospitals. Private hospitals were also asked to stay alert and follow the treatment protocol, & # 39; & # 39; said the minister.
The minister also said that if the rain stopped, the chance of dengue outbreak was great. All local agencies have been asked to go for cleaning campaigns to eliminate sources of the vector that is spreading the disease, she said.
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