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Leptospirosis strikes Surat
Dilip Patel in Gandhinagar | August 24, 2006 17:40 IST
The 18 deaths reported from Surat city in the past few days is due to leptospirosis. Thirty three people have died so far in South Gujarat due to leptospirosis, said official sources.
According to S B Gandhi, deputy director in the Gujarat health ministry, "Eighteen people have died in Surat and 15 deaths have been reported in Navsari due to leptospirosis."
According to government sources, 41 people in Surat and 65 in Navsari are currently under treatment for leptospirosis.
The disease is mostly spread by rodents (rats) is also known as Weil's disease.
The bacteria is spread through urine of rats and this can infect water sources. They enter the human body through open wounds.
Sources in the Gujarat government explained that, "When the flood hit the Surat and surrounding areas, water-logging caused havoc. Hence leptospirosis has spread into the city."
He also explained that the disease is leptospirosis and not plague which is caused by flea-inflicted rats.