Leptospirosis Claims 8 Lives This Year, 50% increase in cases

Leptospirosis spreads through direct contact with urine from infected animals or through water, soil or food contaminated with their urine.

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In a recent report by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), it has been stated that the cases of leptospirosis have been increased in the city by 50 per cent. Recently, a 61-year old and 41-year old succumbed to leptospirosis on September 7 and September 18 respectively. 

Moreover, the death toll for leptospirosis is now 8 with 55 confirmed cases of the disease. Leptospirosis spreads through direct contact with urine from infected animals or through water, soil or food contaminated with their urine. It's most common in monsoon.

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High fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, red eyes and vomiting are some symptoms.
Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney and liver damage and even death. BMC health executive Dr. Padmaja Keskar has stated that there have been several drives in every ward for its awareness and detection of symptoms. However, the number of cases of dengue has decreased considerably. 

The report submitted by the civic health department states there were 233 cases of dengue, 55 cases of leptospirosis, 666 cases of malaria, 105 cases of hepatitis, 9 cases of H1N1 and 425 cases of gastroenteritis recorded in civic hospitals.

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