With diseases resurfacing Kerala, experts warn of outbreak

Over 41 deaths due to leptospirosis have been reported in the state, while spike in dengue cases has resulted in a toll of 16 this year so far.
A rat scavenging in an unhygienic area near Marine Drive in Kochi amid rain
A rat scavenging in an unhygienic area near Marine Drive in Kochi amid rain Photo | A Sanesh

KOCHI: With numerous flooding and water-logging incidents reported across the state, experts forewarn the spread of various communicable diseases and urge everyone to be cautious, as delayed treatment can likely result in death.

“Contact with water contaminated with animal urine must be avoided. The bacteria leptospira can enter the body through tiny wounds. The patient may experience fever, headache and muscle pain. Delayed treatment can even lead to death,” said Dr Rajeev Jayadevan of the Indian Medical Association’s Kerala unit.

Over 41 deaths due to leptospirosis have been reported in the state already. “Consulting a doctor early is important. Also, preventative medicine is available at government health centres for those at high risk of contracting the disease,” Dr Rajeev said.

A rat scavenging in an unhygienic area near Marine Drive in Kochi amid rain
Monsoon woes: Rise in dengue cases in Alappuzha

With the advent of the monsoon, a spike in dengue cases is also to be expected. The state has reported 16 dengue deaths already. “The conditions will be very favourable for mosquitoes to breed. Wearing full-sleeve clothes while working outside, and using mosquito nets and repellents are advised,” Dr Rajeev said.

This year, the number of leptospirosis and dengue cases is already high even before the monsoon. “We can even expect an outbreak,” warned Dr Anish T S of the Government Medical College in Manjeri, adding, “Leptospirosis can cause death in 10 per cent of the people infected. Therefore, people at risk should take medicines.”

The spread of hepatitis, as reported in Malappuram and Ernakulam’s Vengoor village, is also a matter of concern.

“This disease also spreads through water. Prevention is key, and ensuring hygiene is crucial. It’s all preventable with basic, practical measures. Simple fever can lead to serious health issues. People suffering from fever should refrain from work, social functions and school. It can help prevent the spread of diseases,” Dr Anish added.

Spread of hepatitis a matter of concern

This year, the number of leptospirosis and dengue cases is already high even before the monsoon. With the advent of the monsoon, a spike in dengue cases is also to be expected. The spread of hepatitis, as reported in Malappuram and Ernakulam’s Vengoor village, is also a matter of concern. Considering the situation, doctors have urged people to be cautious, highlighting that delayed treatment can likely result in death.

Rainfall to ease till May 29, says IMD

Thiruvananthapuram: The state will get a two-day respite from the heavy rainfall that has been lashing most of the districts for over a week. No rainfall alerts have been issued by the Met Department for Monday and Tuesday. However, seven districts in central and southern Kerala will be under yellow alert on Wednesday and Thursday. The alert has been issued for Ernakulam, Kottayam, Idukki, Alappuzha Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram districts as rainfall in the range of seven to 11 cm is likely in 24 hours on May 29 and 30. The Met Department has also forecast thunderstorms with lightning accompanied by gusty winds, with speeds reaching up to 40 kmph, at one or two places in the state till Tuesday. However, no alert has been issued for fishermen.

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