Kerala floods: Leptospirosis claims 17 lives, alert sounded

Written by Shaju Philip
| Thiruvananthapuram |

Published: September three, 2018 2:38:24 am

Wayanad: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan arrives to talk about about with the flood-hit areas. (PTI/File)
In wake of floods, the Kerala authorities has sounded an alert towards leptospirosis after it reportedly claimed 27 lives in the negate. Leptospirosis is a invent of zoonosis — a community of diseases that will furthermore be transmitted to other folks from animals.
The well being division has requested these that came in contact with flood water to gain preventive treatment. Some amongst these that died had been enthusiastic in cleaning in flood-hit areas.
Effectively being division officers stated that in August, only 34 suspected leptospirosis cases and 229 confirmed ones had been reported in the negate. Nonetheless, in the first two days of September, as many as 100 and sixty suspected cases and seventy three confirmed cases had been reported, indicating the gravity of the epidemic.
The distribution of the suspected, confirmed cases reveals that a quantity of the incidents were reported from areas that had been flooded. In 2018, 1,651 suspected cases, seventy Four suspected deaths and 821 confirmed cases of leptospirosis had been reported in Kerala, sources stated.
Effectively being Minister Ok Ok Shylaja stated preventive treatment has been made accessible in all hospitals. “Alert has been issued to Thirteen out of 14 districts. Volunteers and officers engaged in cleaning and relief actions in flood-affected regions were strictly directed to gain the preventive treatment. We’ve opened rat fever (leptospirosis) clinics in all authorities hospitals. Deepest hospitals had been furthermore requested to remain alert and follow the therapy protocol,’’ stated the minister.
The minister furthermore stated that as rain has stopped, possibilities of dengue outbreak had been excessive. All local our bodies were requested to head for cleaning marketing campaign to gain rid of sources of the vector that spreads the disease, she stated.

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