Leptospirosis spreads in Kozhikode: 28 identified with disease

Kozhikode: Various cases of leptospirosis have been reported in different parts of Kozhikode in the last three days. Around 28 persons were identified with the disease and 64 have been kept under observation.

District medical officer Dr V Jayasree said that three people have already died due to the disease.

Apart from Kozhikode, neighbouring districts including Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram and Kannur have been alerted.

Most of the persons admitted at Kozhikode Medical College and other private hospitals were connected directly or indirectly with the flood situation. Some were part of the cleaning activities at houses after floods.

The major symptoms identified were fever and body pain. The health department have cautioned people to avoid self-diagnosis which would make it even difficult to identify the disease.

They also said that most people haven’t taken the preventive pills distributed after the floods to avoid getting infected with the disease. This has caused the fast spreading of the disease, they added.

The district medical officer said that the everyone, especially the relief workers, should compulsorily take the preventive ‘Doxycycline’ tablet, once in a week. Pregnant ladies and children should avoid taking it.

It will be distributed at all Govt. hospitals from Friday. For emergency situations, 16 temporary hosiptals have been set up in Kozhikode district. The authorities informed that around 50 medical PG doctors and other staff have been enabled here for service.

The hospitals will be working for 30 days. There will 325 similar hospitals working across the state. More number of similar hospitals will be set up in places where there are less number of primary health centres and hospitals.

In Kozhikode, the hosiptals have been set up at Kakkoor, Chakkittapara, Chooloor, Kakkodi, Kunduthode, Kunnamangalam, Peruvayal, Puthuppady, Vanimel, Velam, Maruthonkara and Thiruvambady. Also in places under the corporation including Cheruvannur, Beypore, Moozhikkal and Thanneerpanthal. The services of doctors, nurses and pharmacists will be available here.

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