Leptospirosis-Rat Fever Reported in Mangalore: This is What You Need to Know

Leptospirosis-Rat Fever Reported in Mangalore: This is What You Need to Know

September 5: Health officials have confirmed that 17 cases of Leptospirosis-known as Rat Fever has been reported in Mangalore and a total of 30 cases in Dakshina Kannada.
District Surveillance Officer Dr Praveen Kumar said that people need to be cautious about the outbreak of leptospiroris in the district. The disease spreads through a bacteria called ‘leptospira’, which is present in the urine of infected animals. Human beings are infected when the bacteria enters human body through eyes, nose and open wounds. The symptoms include fever, head ache, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach ache and pain in the muscles. The symptoms of jaundice can also be found in some patients. Bleeding from the mouth and nose indicates seriousness of the disease. There are chances of infection in kidney and heart, but, such instances are very rare. Leptospiroris does not spread from an infected person to a healthy person. The disease can be cured at an early stage.
District Vector-borne Disease Control Officer Dr Navin Kulal said that Care should be taken to see that water is not contaminated with the urine of animals. One should not consume or use infected water. Food items should be kept protected from rats. The surroundings should be kept clean and one should use footwear while walking in places where rats are found.
Mangalorecity.in requests the city to be cautious about this and follow the safety measures. 

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