Woman dies of rat fever in flood-ravaged Kerala

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With 8 killed in last two days, the death toll rises to 28 due to leptospirosis since August 1 as media reported on Sunday.

The five districts are Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur, Malappuram and Ernakulam from where the most cases have been reported.

Two of those who died on Monday were volunteers who actively participated in cleanup operations after the flood.

"Guidelines have also been issued to private hospitals on how to treat patients with rat fever", Dr Saritha R, the director of health services in Kerala, said.

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Talking to reporters after a meeting to review the fever-situation, Health Minister K K Shylaja said the government was ready with a plan to check the spread of different types of fever including leptospirosis. It affects human when they come in direct contact with the urine of infected animals or with a urine-contaminated surroundings.

While the incessant rains have long stopped in Kerala, what lies ahead for the southern state is the mammoth task of rebuilding itself. The health minister has even asked people to take precautionary measures against the disease.

The health department projected a slide in rate fever from Tuesday, given that the deluge has receded.

The disease can cause jaundice, the coughing up of blood, chest pains, swollen joints and a high temperature - which can be treated with antibiotics or in a hospital in more severe cases.

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Over a fortnight after the massive floods ravaged the state, affecting almost 55 lakh people, about 13,000 people were still in various relief camps, State Disaster Control Room officials said.

"There is no need to panic. Despite several advisories, people are not listening and taking preventive medicines as advised", she said. Many of us, organizations and establishments beget promised assist and if all this materializes in an spectacular manner, the direct could perchance additionally be solved with out direct. "We have been advising the people to rush to the hospital if they have such symptoms".

"This time it is a fast, progressive infection", Javeed told Reuters. Another 209 are under treatment with rat fever symptoms.

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