Thiruvananthapuram on rat fever watch

  • | Wednesday | 14th August, 2019

Steena Das ByExpress News ServiceTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the death of four persons because of suspected leptospirosis reported in the capital city so far this month, health officials are worried that rat fever cases are on the rise. Till Monday, as many as nine confirmed cases of leptospirosis and six suspected cases have been reported in the district. "Leptospirosis or rat fever is a zoonotic infection (spread from animals to people) which is caused by the bacteria leptospira. In 2018, as many as 275 confirmed cases of leptospirosis were reported in the district in which 13 people died. As many as 431 cases and five deaths were reported in 2017, while eight deaths were reported in 2016 when a total of 752 cases were reported.

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