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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Maya Thiruvananthapuram, September 03, Even with kerqla of doxycycline being used up quickly, especially in places like Kozhikodeand some taluks having their drug stores flooded and their stocks ruined, health authorities say that they have been able to replenish supplies. Despite the availability of a drug 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.

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Flood-hit Kerala now battles ‘rat fever’: All you need to know about leptospirosis

All of them had indirect contact with flood water. Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox before everyone else!

One of the problems in the clinical scenario is that leptospirosis has a wide spectrum of symptoms which may mimic the clinical symptoms of tropical diseases like dengue, H1N1 or Scrub typhus and hence the diagnosis of an acute undifferentiated febrile illness could be very difficult. This article is closed for comments. You may also like: If you exhibit any of the symptoms mentioned kefala, visit a doctor immediately.


Should a person with any small cuts or injury wade into this water, there is a chance of the same being transmitted to them. Antibiotics are usually taken for treatment of leptospirosis.

Increase in leptospirosis cases in Kerala after floods, alert issued for 5 districts

Rescue workers, including from the Army and Navy, distributed doxycycline to flood-affected people. Rats and other rodents are the main carriers of leptospirosis.

Moreover, not all health professionals may have been aware of the specific treatment protocols for infectious diseases in general and leptospirosis in particular.

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Of the 19, seven are confirmed deaths and remaining twelve are suspected cases. While pulmonary haemorrhagic presentation is not new, the sudden spike in the number of cases with this complication is worrying. Laboratory diagnosis of leptospirosis keraal to be a challenge, because current serological tests which tests for antibodies, like ELISA, do not give confirmatory results in the acute phase of lepospirosis disease. Since Kerala is recovering from floods, this may be difficult and puts you at increased risk.

Leptospirosis cases rise in Kerala – The Hindu

As the state slowly rebuilds itself, measures have been taken to ensure that people who leptospirosix come in contact with potentially contaminated water are given preventive medication. The patient then requires ventilation and dialysis. It is currently hit with leptospirosis or rat fever, which is a bacterial leptoospirosis which spreads through the urine of infected animals.

Skip to main content. However, there will be high alert for another three weeks to keep a check on the cases to take quick preventive measures, she said.

Printable version Jan 1, 4: Floods in Kerala are the reason behind spread of leptospirosis Photo Credit: NDTV Beeps – your daily newsletter. A similar situation seems to be happening in Kerala too right now a Doctors report pulmonary haemorrhagic syndrome as the lethal complication that seems to be setting in by the third or fourth day of the illness, leading to increased mortality. However, in public health settings, leptospirisis in a post-disaster scenario, there is no significance for laboratory confirmation of leptospirosis, senior health officials point out.


However, in case the infection is more severe, it may cause lung problems, kidney problems and meningitis. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that spreads through the urine of infected animals.

All told, the state health machinery seems better prepared to deal with the leptospirosis outbreak now than it was when the floods began receding. Total number of leptospirosis-related deaths rose to 19 with the reporting of one confirmed and one suspected death on Monday.

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

Those found to have contracted the infection are treated with penicillin and supportive measures as deemed necessary. These particularly small enterprises lack access to markets and hence do not have predictable income and growth 3. Doxycycline is a prophylactic medicine used to prevent the incidence leprospirosis spread of leptospirosis. The Integrated 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 Increase in leptospirosis cases in Kerala after floods, alert issued for 5 districts.