Following heavy rainfall in Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) issued an advisory warning about leptospirosis, a bacterial illness.
Final yr in July, BMC reported 14 leptospirosis instances. In 2019, it recorded 74 leptospirosis instances in the identical month.
In keeping with Dr Mugdha Tapdiya, senior guide, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, this illness often impacts animals and may unfold to human beings if they’re travelling via waterlogged areas. “Bacteria called leptospira which present in the excreta and urine of animals can infect human beings if they are exposed to it – they can be exposed if they are wading through contaminated water, if there is a cut in the skin which has been exposed to the bacteria.”
Signs and remedy
The frequent signs of leptospirosis embrace fever, rash, physique ache, and vomiting. This may be handled with antibiotics.
Nevertheless, if leptospirosis is left untreated, it might probably trigger kidney injury and even show to be deadly, Dr Tapdiya warned. “Long-term fever and kidney damage and can be treated easily with antibiotics – but fatal if not treated,” she added.
To forestall contracting this illness, listed below are some precautions the physician recommends:
*Keep away from strolling via stagnant water
*Put on closed footwear
*Costume all of your wounds and cuts
*When you’ve got walked via stagnant water, wash your legs and arms with cleaning soap and water.