Leptospirosis cases on the rise in Kerala In the wake of Leptospirosis out break after the floods, there is huge rush at the laboratory at. Flood-hit Kerala is now facing the aftermath of the natural disaster. It is currently hit with leptospirosis or rat fever, which is a bacterial infection. In Kerala, a leptospirosis alert has been issued after the floods. Well, by taking certain precautions, you can safeguard yourself.

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The animals may never show symptoms, but they are carriers. In the week of SeptemberThrissur and Palakkad did not report deaths, but three deaths were reported in new districts, Thiruvananthapuram and Pathanamthitta where leptospirosis is endemic and the floods enabled the transmission of the parasite from rats to humans.

Rat fever: In Kerala, leptospirosis spread faster than the health department’s warnings after flood

Maya Thiruvananthapuram, September 03, Since the diseases spread through contaminated water or soil, try limiting contact with them.

Inthere were cases confirmed of which 35 succumbed to the infection. It infects humans when they come in direct contact with the urine of infected animals – especially dogs, rodents and farm animals – or urine-contaminated environment.

Also, try avoiding food that has come into contact with infected animals. Its symptoms include high fever, headache, chills, abdominal pain and rashes. Leptospirosis Kills 12 In Kerala: A simple blood test can help in diagnosis of leptospirosis. While at most times, private hospitals sometimes hesitate to report deaths due to infections fearing that they might be blamed for poor treatment, they have been more proactive in reporting cases in the aftermath of the floods.

Kerala Floods:Leptospirosis Alert Sounded; 5 Ways to Stay Safe – The Better India

Number of suspected leptospirosis cases rose to from August 1 to September 3 in Kozhikode keralaa the reporting of 22 suspected cases on Monday while the ksrala of confirmed cases rose to with the reporting of 20 fresh leptosprosis on the day. To verify, just follow the link in the message. All Comments Your Activity. When they handed out the prophylactic drug doxycycline to groups of flood-affected people, they may not have clearly communicated the exact doses required for individuals — adults, adolescents and children.


Since Kerala is recovering from floods, this may be difficult and puts you at increased risk. Most of these cases and deaths have occurred after the floods. As the state slowly rebuilds itself, measures have been taken to ensure that people who have come in contact with potentially contaminated water are given preventive medication.

While the disease maybe unpleasant, it is not entirely lepttospirosis. Dr Jayashree further clarified that the risk of acquiring leptospirosis can be greatly reduced by avoiding wading into water which may have been contaminated by infected animals.

Rescue workers, including from the Army and Navy, distributed doxycycline to flood-affected people.

Kerala Floods: Rat Fever-Leptospirosis Alert Sounded; 5 Ways to Stay Safe

Laboratory diagnosis le;tospirosis leptospirosis continues to be a challenge, because current serological tests which tests for antibodies, like ELISA, do not give confirmatory results in the acute phase of the disease.

The Leptospirosls Disease Surveillance Programme or IDSP data shows that as of September 11, there have been 1, confirmed cases and 53 confirmed deaths this year while the number of suspected cases is 2, and number of suspected deaths is Accordingly, any person presenting with fever and myalgia and should be given presumptive treatment with doxycycline, mg twice a day for seven days. You may take this situation very seriously and alert the entire clinical team of your district. There is a need to get the treatment protocols to treating physicians across the state, and all resources including social media have been used for this purpose.

The germ can invade in your body through leptospirosiis breaks like open woundsdry areas or scratches. Should a person with any small cuts or injury wade into this water, there is a chance of the same being transmitted to leptospriosis.

Despite the availability of a leptospiroosis with proven efficacy as a pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylactic against leptospirosis, the refusal of people to take the drug continues to baffle the department. September 04, We have sent you a verification email. Featured Today In Travel. Doxycycline is a prophylactic medicine used to prevent the incidence and spread of leptospirosis.


NDTV Beeps – your daily newsletter. Yet, many leptospirosis deaths have occurred in what can only be called epidemic conditions.

Health authorities also supplied relief camps with doxycycline to be given to anyone who had to wade through knee deep water. When Jerala stole the limelight at the World Cup two decades after retirement Bollywood in Flood-hit Kerala has experienced 12 deaths because of leptospirosis Leptospirosis causes high fever and muscle pain It has symptoms similar to flu.

When Kerala sounded an alert for leptospirosis on August 28, health authorities mentioned Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kannur as districts facing high risk of infection. Read Post a comment.

Speaking to media soon after holding an emergency meeting with health officials in Kozhikode on Monday, Shailaja said that the government has issued kerlaa to doctors of all government and private hospitals to provide treatment to patients approaching with symptoms of the diseases. While pulmonary haemorrhagic presentation is not new, the sudden spike in the number of cases with this complication is worrying. Ibuprofen for fever might also be suggested.

In addition, many fake WhatsApp messages about the effectiveness of various preventive measures have been circulated in Kerala in the weeks after the floods, which could have undermined the risk perceptions. Elderly people and those suffering from ,erala or liver ailments are more vulnerable to the disease.

Moreover, not all health professionals may have been aware of the specific treatment protocols for infectious diseases in general and leptospirosis in particular. The DMO added that there are 64 people who are suspected to be suffering from leptospirosis, whose reports are awaited.