Rat fever (Leptospirosis) toll rose to 26 since August 24 with the disease claiming lives of five more persons in different parts of the State on Sunday. Reports indicate 43 people are undergoing treatment for rat fever. Health department has alerted six districts:Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta and Kannur.
On Sunday, three deaths were reported from Kozhikode and one each from Malappuram and Ernakulam districts.
As the flood waters recede, Kerala is facing another major crisis with people getting in contact with contaminated water. Maximum deaths were reported from Kozhikode. Leptospirosis cases,a bacterial infection spread through water or soil contaminated by infected animals. have been reported from Thrissur and Malappuram districts, according to the Health department sources.
26 people are under treatment in Kozhikode district for rat fever. Chill, fever, vomiting, headaches and muscle pain besides red eyes and in some cases jaundice are the major symptoms. Health Minister K.K. Shylaja said people who had come in contact with flood water, should maintain extra vigil. Health department has instructed that those engaged in cleaning operations should take the prescribed dose of Doxycyclin and people should not go for self-medication if they catch fever.
55 lakh people were affected by floods and 13,000 people are still in various relief camps. As many as 483 people died in this calamity and 14 are still missing.