Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Flood aftermath: Fever grips Kerala, claims 9 lives

Flood aftermath: Fever grips Kerala, claims 9 lives

As on Sunday, 5640 people have been reported down with fever across the state of whom 289 are in state capital Thiruvananthapuram, 254 in Kollam, 179 in Pathanamthitta, 46 in Idukki, 204 in Kottayam, 462 in Alappuzha, 266 in Ernakulam, 516 in Thrissur, 656 in Palakkad, 676 in Malappuram, 658 in Kozhikode, 459 in Wayanad, 576 in Kannur and 399 in Kasargod. Twenty-eight of these were subsequently confirmed as leptospirosis cases, the health official quoted above said.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial illness transmitted mainly through water or soil irascible by the urine of contaminated animals.Equally, the yell saw 1,617 cases of rooster pox with one death in August, in opposition to zero cases in all of 2017.

Meanwhile, Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja claimed that the rat fever outbreak is under control in the State and there is no cause for panic.

Devastating flooding has killed around 400 people in Kerala since June. "Every hospital is stocked with all the required medicines". Post-flood the disease reached on its peak with over 300 cases being suspected.

The maximum number of cases have come from Kozhikode.

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With Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan leaving for medical treatment to the US, Industries Minister E.P.Jayarajan, the de facto number two in the government, told the media that elaborate arrangements had been made and medicines would be given for free to all.

The state government has deployed special units of doctors and nurses to flood-affected areas, officials said.

People presenting with symptoms exhibit high grade fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and intense muscle pain.

Health Department officials have also asked people working in certain sectors, such as sanitation workers and dairy farmers, to take extra precautions as they have a higher risk of being exposed to the bacteria and contracting the infection.

Talking to reporters after a meeting to review the fever-situation, Health Minister K K Shylaja said the government was ready with a plan to check the spread of different types of fever including leptospirosis. The disease is communicable through infected rats/rodents and generally affect the people having liver or kidney diseases.

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