Water borne diseases in Kerala claim seven lives

A Relief Camp in Aranmula  File

A Relief Camp in Aranmula File

The separate death toll from the monsoon floods that forced more than a million people from their homes in Kerala last month has meanwhile risen to 486, the government said.

Other disease outbreaks including dengue fever following last month's floods - which killed nearly 500 people and forced more than a million from their homes -have left 28 dead. Narayani, 80, hailing from Vadakara, died of leptospirosis while Anil, 54, from Eranhikkal died of suspected leptospirosis on Monday.

As most of the cases have been reported at Kozhikode medical college, a special isolation ward has been opened at the hospital.

A health specialist claims 30 people have died in the past week. Seventy-one others were said to be carrying the disease in Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta districts. Referring to the false message circulating in social media, Shailaja said that direction has already been given to DGP to act against Jacob Vadakanchery for spreading it.

The government has asked everyone who came into contact with flood waters to take medication as a precautionary measure to avoid an epidemic.

According to local newspaper Hindustan Times, the local health department sounded an alert and sought more medicines from federal health ministry.

"Rat fever" and other diseases have killed at least 14 people after southern India's worst floods in almost a century, authorities said.

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease which is transmitted through animals to humans and is commonly known as rat fever. Fifteen other deaths were reported over the past few days, which have been classified as "suspected rat fever". PV George, 62, retried panchayath secretary from Kadanad and MR Divakaran, 60, Thalayolaparambu native, too died of the suspected fever. Additionally, while viral Hepatitis A contaminated 1,044 and killed four this August, there were fully 988 cases in all of 2017.From January to 1 September 2018, Kerala has viewed 788 cases of leptospirosis with 36 deaths, 21,915 rooster pox cases with 15 deaths, and 141 cases of scrub typhus with two deaths.

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