Major increase in leptospirosis in Mumbai, India

In the first 6 months of this year, health authorities in the city of Mumbai have reported a 6-fold increase in reported leptospirosis infections. The infected people are reported from varioius areas of the city and represent sporadic cases.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for the general traveller is low. 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.