Rat Fever: Death Toll Rises To 9 In Kerala

Kerala Nine people have died of leptospirosis in the last two days

However, Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja assured that there was no need to panic and all necessary steps are being taken to control the outbreak. Narayani, 80, hailing from Vadakara, died of leptospirosis while Anil, 54, from Eranhikkal died of suspected leptospirosis on Monday. Deepu, an official at the ministry of health in Kerala's capital Trivandrum, told Al Jazeera 515 cases were reported in the past 17 days, 196 of those confirmed.

Reportedly, the health minister has also directed all medical officers to follow a 30-day micro action plan to combat the disease. Seventy-one others were said to be carrying the disease in Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta districts. In many homes that have been chlorinated, water had not receded. In accordance with the yell's health and family welfare department, now not now not up to 481 PHCs, 137 CHCs and 19 dispensaries were badly damaged in the floods, after which the yell sought assist from the Union health ministry. Referring to the false message circulating in social media, Shailaja said that direction has already been given to DGP to act against Jacob Vadakanchery for spreading it.

According to Kerala health officials, around two million people in the state would have come in contact with the flood waters and hence all of them should take preventive care.

A total of 71 people tested positive for rat fever in various hospitals in the state while 123 people approached hospitals with suspected symptoms of the disease.

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Leptospriosis (also called Weil's disease) is spread through rats or animal fluids, and can enter the human body through small cuts in the skin or through the eyes, nose and mouth.

This apart, five other deaths recorded on Sunday, were suspected due to leptospirosis. Among these, three were confirmed with letptospirosis.

The victims, who lost their life to leptospirosis, are identified as Prameela, 42, from Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district, Vijeesh, 34, from Villyappalli area in Kozhikode district, and Saleemsha, 42, from Karasseri region Kozhikode district.

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