Deaths due to leptospirosis in Mumbai, India

A young woman in greater Mumbai is the 5th person to die this year due to leptospirosis infection. In the 1st week of August, 45 cases of leptospirosis were admitted to various civic hospitals. Exposure to flood waters is the main source for leptospirosis infections in this area.

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Advice For Travellers

Due to heavy monsoon rains, local flooding increases the risk of exposure to leptospirosis. This infections is often acquired through skin exposure (especially if there are open wounds) to flood water that has been contaminated by an infected animal's urine. 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.