Lepto cases might soar in Mumbai amid heavy rains

There has been an 81 per cent drop in the number of leptospirosis cases in July. As per the data, only 14 leptospirosis cases last month were reported in Mumbai compared to 74 which was recorded in July 2019. Civic officials attributed this decrease to the lockdown.

Taking into consideration of less number of leptospirosis cases and rainfall for the last two days, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now urged Mumbaikars to not venture out until it’s emergency as it predicts the cases related to leptospirosis might increase.

Leptospirosis is a common infection during monsoon, especially amongst those who are prone to flooding and waterlogging, it is caused by a form of bacteria called ‘Spirochete’.

Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner, BMC said the cases have reduced but Mumbai has received heavy rains for the last two days due to which there must be an accumulation of water at many places which can lead to spreading infection. “Though water-borne diseases are very less this time it cannot be avoided. Citizens need to take extra care as the symptoms of corona and water-borne diseases are similar which can be difficult to identify following which individuals should consult the doctor immediately if they have any symptoms,” he said.

Dr Om Shrivastava, an infectious diseases expert said that the sudden change in temperature makes the body vulnerable to certain diseases. A constant oscillation between hot, humid and wet weather makes it conducive for microorganisms to reproduce and thrive.

“People need to see a doctor immediately, as the symptoms are quite similar to those of dengue, malaria, leptospirosis, gastroenteritis and chikungunya. They should take medication as prescribed by the doctor and not attempt any home remedies,” he added.

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