Infection After the Flood

Devastating floods in India’s Kerala state killed some 500 people, and in their wake, contaminated waters have left thousands at risk of “rat fever,” or leptospirosis.

The infectious disease brings on 
high fever, severe muscle and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. It is suspected to have killed at least 34 people in Kerala state since August; 196 cases have been confirmed in the past 17 days.

Carried by rats and secondary hosts like cattle and dogs, rat fever has infiltrated waters through infected animal carcasses. The antibiotic doxycycline has been deployed as a preventive measure, but doctors say many have not taken the medicine.

Al Jazeera

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