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Leptospirosis scare in Mumbai, 4 killed; water-logged areas pose major threat

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection transmitted through rat and cattle urine and excreta and can even kill people within 24 hours of infection.

The Hush Post: While Mumbai continues to be water-logged due the incessant rains, a new threat has emerged for the local residents in the form of Leptospirosis, a water-borne bacterial disesase which has till now claimed the lives of four persons, including a 17-yr-old teen. As a preventive measure, the pest control department has sprinkled pesticides in infected portions of the city.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection transmitted through rat and cattle urine and excreta and can even kill people within 24 hours of infection.  The infection is caused when people with unhealed wounds on their body wade through contaminated water. The common symptoms include high fever, chills, muscle ache, weakness and vomiting.

During monsoons, the threat of spreading of this disease via rats increases manifolds.  The bacteria can survive in water or mud for months. According to health specialists, an increased population of rats facilitates easy spread of the Leptospirosis bacteria, especially in water-logged or flooded areas.  Leptospirosis leads to kidney failure, meningitis, liver failure, breathlessness and ultimately death.  The infestation period ranges from 24 hours to four weeks.

Doctors advise that people should avoid getting into dirty waters, cover their wounds properly and always walk with their shoes and socks on.  Wet feet should be wiped with a dry cloth and the pets should be vaccinated as they are potential carriers of the disease.

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