Outbreak of leptospirosis: public cautioned – KERALA

The Health Department has urged the public to remain vigilant against the outbreak of leptospirosis in many districts in the State.

Director of Health Services R.L. Saritha said early treatment was key to preventing fatalities. Body pain and fever are the initial symptoms of the infection. Treatment for leptospirosis is available in all primary health centres.

Leptospirosis is contracted through contact with soil and water containing rat urine. Squirrel, civet cat, and some pet animals can also be carriers. People should avoid coming into contact with water from drains or other water channels, while farmers, sanitation workers and MGNREGS workers should take one tablet of doxycycline once a week as per the directions of health workers.

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