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Amidst monsoons, BMC issues advisory on leptospirosis

According to reports, people are more likely to get infected by this bacterial disease if they travel and walk through waterlogged roads across the city without wearing gumboots.

Amidst monsoons, BMC issues advisory on leptospirosis
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Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday, June 10 authorized an advisory on leptospirosis (a bacterial disease) amidst heavy rainfall in Mumbai.

Moreover, the civic body warned the citizens stating that due to heavy rain that lashed Mumbai the previous day and the "very heavy" rain which has been predicted in the city, the cases of leptospirosis cases may spike.

According to reports, people are more likely to get infected by this bacterial disease if they travel and walk through waterlogged roads across the city without wearing gumboots. In addition, this disease spreads through the urine of infected animals. Individuals, exposed to such waters, are more likely to be infected with leptospirosis. Therefore, the BMC asked the civic body to be cautious of the same and to wear appropriate gumboots, especially in the case of a foot injury.

On the other hand, with the monsoons making an onset on Wednesday, June 9, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Maharashtra for the next five days, with an orange alert issued for Mumbai today.

Moreover, the IMD has issued a warning for Palghar, Thane and Raigad stating that due to the strengthening of westerly winds along the west coast, in association with the low-pressure area (due to cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal), widespread rains with heavy to very heavy falls likely to continue in coastal Maharashtra from June 10-15.

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