Indian state battles 'rat fever' outbreak after worst floods in a century

Indian state battles 'rat fever' outbreak after worst floods in a century

Speaking to media persons soon after chairing an emergency meeting with health officials, health minister K K Shailaja said that that government has already issued direction to doctors of all the all the government and private hospitals to provide treatment of leptospirosis to patients approaching with its symptoms to avoid further leptospirosis deaths. At least 66 people have died in the state since August 22 due to the bacterial infection that spreads through the urine of dogs, rodents, and farm animals....

Health minister directed the medical officers of primary and family health centres to follow 30-day micro action plan to combat leptospirosis. In many homes that have been chlorinated, water had not receded.

Health Department officials have also asked people working in certain sectors, such as sanitation workers and dairy farmers, to take extra precautions as they have a higher risk of being exposed to the bacteria and contracting the infection. In accordance with the yell's health and family welfare department, now not now not up to 481 PHCs, 137 CHCs and 19 dispensaries were badly damaged in the floods, after which the yell sought assist from the Union health ministry.

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A total of 788 people have been diagnosed with rat fever.

But with so many people displaced, leptospirosis has killed six people and infected more than 100 in Kerala, while other diseases have left eight dead. Two suspected leptospirosis deaths have been reported. PV George, 62, retried panchayath secretary from Kadanad and MR Divakaran, 60, Thalayolaparambu native, too died of the suspected fever. One person died in Kottayam district. With the report of fresh case of death due to Leptospirosis in Malappuram district, the health authorities have intensified the prevention activities through tablet distribution across the district.

Additional Chief Secretary Rajeev Sadanand had also told TNM earlier that a number of cases coming in now were likely to be due to the fact that many people had not taken the precautionary measures and urged for those who had not yet taken doxycycline to do so.