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As natural calamity in the name of floods cooled down in Kerala a new issue of rat fever (leptospirosis ) disease flourishing in the state has come up, thereby causing huge distress on human lives.
With 8 killed in last two days, the death toll rises to 28 due to leptospirosis since August 1 as media reported on Sunday. Due to this health crises, a leptospirosis alert has been issued by the state health directorate in five districts.
The five districts are Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur, Malappuram and Ernakulam from where the most cases have been reported.
With a woman died on Sunday morning at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital, 300 cases of leptospirosis have been reported in the last three days of which 60 cases were reported in Kozhikode and the rest were from Palakkad, Thrissur, Malappuram and Ernakulam.
The rat fever transmits from animals to humans that usually cause harm in flood situations.
Commenting on the health crises in state Health Minister K K Shailaja has assured that there is no need to panic as remedial measures have been in implementation.
Shailaja was quoted by IANS as saying, “Every hospital is stocked with all the required medicines,” and advised people in the flood-hit areas to take precautions and a course of doxycycline.
As most of the cases have been reported at Kozhikode medical college, a special isolation ward has been opened at the hospital.
With Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan leaving for medical treatment to the US, Industries Minister E P Jayarajan told media that elaborate arrangements had been made and medicines would be given for free to all.
Apart from this Kerala health officials advised around two million people in the state who have had come in contact with the flood waters to take preventive measures to get themselves away from the disease.