'Rat Fever' Cases Rise After Kerala Floods,12 Dead Since August 1 | Read

The Kerala government is preparing to revamp its healthcare system as people start returning home from flood relief camps

Rat fever has claimed at least 10 lives in flood-ravaged Kerala, prompting the government to appeal to citizens to avoid self-medication and rush to the nearest hospital as soon as symptoms are noticed.

The three died of suspected rat fever are Prakashan (43) of Puthanur, Ezhakkad, Mundur, who died in Coimbatore Medical College; Nirmala (50), daughter of Kuttan and Janu of Chempakkara, Ezhakkad of Mundur.

Commenting on the health crises in state Health Minister K K Shailaja has assured that there is no need to panic as remedial measures have been in implementation.

Leptospirosis, or rat fever, transmits from animals to humans and the risk of getting it is high during floods.

The two deceased in Kozhikode district were Anil, 54, of Eranjikal and Narayani, 80, of Vadakara. They have been identified as Ranju from Ranni in Idukki and Anil Kumar from Kozhikode.

A man removes debris from a collapsed house after floods in Paravur, in the southern state of Kerala, India. Humans get infected when they come into contact with the water contaminated with the infected rat urine.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and former chief minister Oommen Chandy also took part in a drive organised by Kerala PCC in Alappuzha, one of the worst flood affected areas.

"It is a big challenge but we will overcome it", she said.

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Following the review meeting, the health minister declared high alert for three weeks.

Because of this water-borne diseases in Kerala floods, the state government has also issued a high alert.

The five districts are Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur, Malappuram and Ernakulam from where the most cases have been reported. "Despite several advisories, people are not listening and taking preventive medicines as advised", she said.

10 people have died due to Leptospirosis in Kerala till now.

The outbreak of disease following the devastating floods is causing concern, despite the government announcing it will seek to borrow more than 100bn Indian rupees ($1.4bn) to finance reconstruction work.

"Any such natural calamity is usually followed by a sudden spike in cases of such diseases". 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.

He told Reuters: "This time it is a fast, progressive infection".

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