Health minister warns against leptospirosis, urges public to take necessary precautions
Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister KK Shailaja issued a warning against leptospirosis in the context of heavy rainfall in the state and said that people should take necessary precautions against the disease. Both the general public and rescue workers will have to exercise caution as the possibility of floods still exists in the society, she said.
Leptospirosis is the most common of all the communicable diseases found during floods. In case of a fever, the public should refrain from self diagnosis and seek medical help. If not treated properly, leptospirosis can even lead to death, KK Shailaja stated.
Several people were diagnosed with the disease during last year’s flood. However, the disease was brought under control by the doxycycline campaign launched by the health department. The same campaign will be repeated this year also as leptospirosis is expected to be a major threat to public health this year as well.
The health minister also stated that all those who step into flood water will have to take all the necessary precautions and that all the rescue workers should follow the instructions of the health department and take doxycycline medicines to prevent the disease. She also added that free treatment for leptospirosis will be available in all public hospitals in the state.
Fever, body pain, headache, back pain, stomach pain and vomiting are some of the most common symptoms of leptospirosis. If proper medication is given to the patient when these symptoms develop, the disease can be treated completely.