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One dies of leptospirosis,23 cases reported this monsoon

The city recorded its first death due to leptospirosis since the onset of monsoon this year.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 31, 2013 1:21 am

The city recorded its first death due to leptospirosis since the onset of monsoon this year. According to the BMC’s health department,Jhantu Shaikh,25,of Dharavi complained of breathlessness and cough,following which he was diagnosed with the ailment.

“The deceased had a history of frequent alcohol consumption and was admitted to Sion Hospital on July 21,” said Dr Mangala Gomare,deputy chief executive health officer at BMC. Shaikh died on July 25.

Leptospirosis is caused by leptospira bacteria,which can be found in fresh water contaminated by animal urine. The symptoms,which develop after 10 days on an average,include dry cough,headache,nausea and shaking chills,Gomare added.

According to the civic health department,23 leptospirosis cases were reported in July. The same number of cases was reported in July last year. BMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said,“If we compare the data with last year,cases of malaria,dengue and leptospirosis have remained static.” In July,1,076 cases of malaria and 62 cases of dengue were reported,as opposed to 1,485 malaria and 60 dengue cases recorded in July last year.

However,there has been a significant rise in the cases of cholera,with 12 recorded in June and 40 recorded this month. Last year,no case of cholera was reported.

Cases of gastroenteritis have shot up with 2,481 cases recorded in July,while last year there were 1,592 cases in July.

According to Mhaiskar,reported cases of fever have reduced considerably with 5,896 recorded this month.

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