A woman became the latest victim of leptospirosis in the flood-damaged Kerala on Sunday, claiming the death toll due to the rat fever outbreak until 15 even when Health Minister KK Shailaja assured that there was no reason to panic.
In the past two days, eight people died as a result of the disease that passes from animals to humans. The risk of contamination of the disease is high during flooding.
According to officials in the hospital of the Kozhikode Medical College, the woman died on Sunday morning.
40 cases of leptospirosis have been reported in the state. Kozhikode reported 28 cases and the rest was from Alappuzha, Thrissur and Pathanamthitta.
Shailaja said it was not necessary to panic because the health department had taken all necessary actions. "Every hospital is filled with all the necessary medicines."
The minister advised people in the flood-affected areas to take precautionary measures and a course of doxycycline.
With Kozhikode reporting the maximum number of cases, a special isolation department has been opened in the Kozhikode Medical College hospital.
When Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan went to the US to go to medical treatment, the minister of industry, EPJayarajan, the de facto number two in the government, told the media that extensive arrangements had been made and that medicines were free of charge. everyone would be given.
According to Kerala health officials, about two million people in the state would have come into contact with the flood waters and therefore they should all take preventive care.