Woman Dies of Rat Fever in Thiruvananthapuram, Death Toll Reaches 15

Leslie Hanson
September 5, 2018

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.

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease which is transmitted through animals to humans and is commonly known as rat fever.

The health department projected a slide in rate fever from Tuesday, given that the deluge has receded.


The number of dead from the monsoon floods, which began earlier than usual at the end of May, has risen to 486 in the state of Kerala, the government said.

"We had expected cases of leptospirosis post flood and taken precautionary measures.Though the situation isn't alarming, even a slight laxity could make it worse", said Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan.He said the confirmed cases and related deaths were among those who had not taken antibiotics.

Adithyan, 53, of Eramangalam in Malappuram district, who died on Sunday, was later confirmed to have been treated for rat fever. "There is no need of panic as we can control this outbreak", she told reporters. As many as 302 confirmed and 719 suspected cases of the bacterial disease have also been reported in the state since August 1, majority in Kozhikode district. It is the district from where the most number of leptospirosis cases have been reported. "The contemporary floods could perchance in a roundabout scheme lead to an develop in vector-borne diseases during the enlargement in the quantity and fluctuate of vector breeding habitats". More than 5,100 people have acute diarrhoea. Many of us, organizations and establishments beget promised assist and if all this materializes in an spectacular manner, the direct could perchance additionally be solved with out direct. "We have been advising the people to rush to the hospital if they have such symptoms". The disease is communicable through infected rats/rodents and generally affect the people having liver or kidney diseases.

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