Mumbai : A 60-year-old woman from Kandivali became the latest victim to die of leptospirosis in the city. With this, the death toll from lepto has reached 18 in the city, of which 16 deaths have been reported in July alone. Meanwhile, the city reported three new lepto cases and 22 new swine flu cases in the past two days. Following this, the civic body stated that they have informed the medical health officers (MOH) of all the 24 wards regarding the cases of and deaths from monsoon-related diseases and have ordered that preventive measures be taken.

The deceased was admitted to Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central on July 24 after showing symptoms of fever, chills and muscle ache. Her medical history didn’t have any reports of co-morbid factors. However, she faced breathing problems and developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). This aggravated her condition and she breathed her last in the hospital owing to ARDS with acute kidney injury on Saturday.

Following this, the civic body said that anti-rodent activities are being carried out in the city, coupled with awareness drives related to the symptoms, treatment and medications for all monsoon-related diseases.

Dr Minni Khetarpal, the head of the epidemiology cell at the BMC, said, “In the wake of the rise in cases of lepto and swine flu in the city, we have conducted a fever survey in 500 nearby houses to find out about more cases and provide immediate treatment.”

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