Tiruvallam: Rat fever (leptospirosis) has been confirmed in 5 wards in Thiruvananthapuram city. Besides, a six-month-old baby was detected with 'tomato fever'.

Rat fever was confirmed in a 43-year-old woman in Sreevaraham ward while an infant detected with tomato fever belonged to the same area. A 40-year-old man of Karimadam colony and a 13-year-old boy of Nedunkad have been hospitalised with rat fever. Both rat fever and dengue fever were confirmed in a 17-year-old boy of Kaladi. Health officials said they were getting better.

The baby with tomato fever is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Some patients have undergone dialysis too.

Heaps of garbage dumped in various parts of the city have caused the outbreak of these diseases. With the onset of monsoon, the waste materials have started decomposing. Rats searching for food in these garbage heaps are spreading the disease. Authorities have warned that if the waste is not removed immediately, the number of fever cases will increase.