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Two in Mumbai die due to leptospirosis

One was a 30-year-old resident from Dahisar while the second victim was a 16-year-old boy from Kandivali. The city has recorded at least 15 suspected leptospirosis cases since July 1.

| Mumbai | Updated: July 4, 2015 10:16 pm

Although Monsoons have not firmly set in, two residents succumbed to leptospirosis, a water-borne disease that witnesses a spurt during Monsoons, in the Western suburbs on Thursday.

One was a 30-year-old resident from Dahisar while the second victim was a 16-year-old boy from Kandivali. The city has recorded at least 15 suspected leptospirosis cases since July 1.

According to civic health department, along with leptospirosis, cases of dengue and malaria have also shot up leading to cleanliness drives, specially in Dahisar and Kandivali.

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The Dahisar-based man visited a private doctor on June 27 after feeling feverish. He was admitted to a nursing home on Wednesday and later shifted to a civic-run hospital the same day. He succumbed to acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute infection on Thursday.

The second deceased, a teenager from Kandivali, reportedly waded through water-logged roads before falling ill. He visited a private doctor on June 28 and was admitted in a civic-run facility on Wednesday. He succumbed to fever and acute infection on Thursday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has checked 7,740 people living in the neighbourhood of both the victims for symptoms of fever as a precautionary measure.

“Six people were found with fever and were treated,” said Dr Minnie Khetarpal, deputy executive health officer, BMC.

In the first four days of July, the city recorded as many as 80 malaria cases, 30 suspected dengue, and 1,168 fever cases.

The civic body has started holding awareness campaigns along with anti-rodent action. In the last four days, 315 rat holes have been identified and poisoned.

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