1st death due to leptospirosis in Mumbai, India

There has been 1 death due to leptospirosis reported in Mumbai (Kandivli). In 2 days, there have been 27 reported cases of leptospirosis in Mumbai. Most affected areas in Mumbai are Andheri East, Chembur, Kandivli and Santacruz.
Doctors are expecting a surge in cases as the rains slow down.

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Advice For Travellers

Leptospirosis is acquired through skin exposure (especially if there are open wounds) to water or damp soil that has been contaminated by an infected animal's urine. For travellers, this exposure usually occurs through recreational water activities, like whitewater rafting, swimming, kayaking or during floods. The risk of acquiring leptospirosis is higher after a period of heavy rainfall or flooding.

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to leptospirosis during floods or heavy rainfall by avoiding contact with flood waters, e.g., wearing waterproof boots and other protective clothing.