One more person in Surat died of the mystery fever on Friday,taking the toll to six. The sixth victim of the mysterious fever died at Sufi hospital at Lalgate. He has been identified as Naseem Rangooni (24),a resident of Kadarshah ni Naal in Nanpura.
Suspecting it to be a rodent-borne disease,the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has installed 73 rat traps in different parts of this area. It has sent nine samples of blood,spleen and liver of rats to the National Institute of Communicable Disease in Delhi for laboratory tests.
This is a wake-up call for the city that was hit by the plague in the early nineties,followed by a spell of leptospirosis after the 2006 catastrophic flood. The SMC officials have begun detailed investigations at Kadarshah ni Naal which was under water for three days following torrential rains. Several patients from these areas complained of vomiting blood and fever.
Many people in other areas in the city,like Chhaprabhata,Singhanpore,Ved Road and Kosad,are suffering from leptospirosis.
Incharge health commissioner SMC,Dr Hemant Desai,said,We have witnessed that there are many patients suffering from mysterious fever. While some of them have been detected as leptospiroses, we have sent samples of rats to NICD in Delhi for detailed investigations. We will get the report on on Monday. We are also carrying out the cleaning drive and making people more aware about the fever.