104 Die of Leptospirosis in the Last 2 Months in Surat

by Thilaka Ravi on  September 15, 2011 at 9:59 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
In just two months Leptospirosis has claimed the lives of 104 people in the area around Surat, Gujarat.

On Wednesday, the leptospirosis patient toll was 545, with 12 dying in the last 24 hours.
104 Die of Leptospirosis in the Last 2 Months in Surat
104 Die of Leptospirosis in the Last 2 Months in Surat

Currently, the patients are being treated at the city's civil hospitals.

Dr. Bharat Patel said leptospirosis is a common disease that occurs during the monsoon season in the rural belt of south Gujarat.

Dr. Patel added that rats and cattle are the permanent carriers of leptospira bacteria and humans get infected from faeces of cattle and rats that transmit the bacteria to places where water logging occurs after a spell of incessant rainfall.

Later, the leptospirosis infection spreads to human body through open wounds, the eyes and the mouth.

Swelling in the leg and fever are common symptoms of the disease, as it lasts for four to five days. Bacteria infects the vital organs after this period.

In 2007, 25 percent of the 523 leptospirosis patients succumbed to the disease.

In 2010, 20 percent of the 509 leptospirosis-suffering patients died.

Source: ANI

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