Rat fever: 33 more cases confirmed; Alert issued in 13 districts
Thiruvananthapuram: Soon after the devastating floods, the state is in the clutches of epidemic. Rat fever or leptospirosis is on hike. Nine deaths have been reported of rat fever within two days, health ministry confirmed on Sunday. Out of this four deaths had occurred on Saturday and the rest on Sunday.
Three persons from Kozhikode, Palakkad, two from Malappuram and one from Thiruvananthapuram have been reported.
High alert has been issued in 13 districts except Kasaragod.
At the same time, 33 cases of leptospirosis have been confirmed on Sunday alone. 68 persons have sought treatment with similar symptoms.
According to the government 57 people have died of rat fever since August 1.
Health minister KK Shailaja said there was no need to panic as the health department had taken all the necessary actions. "Every hospital is stocked with all the required medicines."
The Minister advised people in the flood-hit areas to take precautions and a course of doxycycline.
With Kozhikode reporting the maximum number of cases, a special isolation ward has been opened at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital.
With Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan leaving for medical treatment to the US, Industries Minister E.P.Jayarajan, the de facto number two in the government, told the media that elaborate arrangements had been made and medicines would be given for free to all.
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.