Leptospirosis results in deaths due to monsoon flooding

Health authorities have reported 2 more deaths due to leptospirosis, bringing the total for the year to 46. A total of 228 cases have been treated at local hospitals. In south Gujarat, leptospirosis cases usually occur among farm workers during the monsoon season when rain water becomes contaminated with the urine of infected cattle and rats.

Travellers should be aware of the increased risk of exposure to leptospirosis during floods and on flooded farm fields. Unless protective clothing (e.g., long water proof boots) is worn to avoid contact with contaminated water, travellers should avoid all flooded areas.

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