Probable outbreak of leptospirosis in Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Ten days after heavy rains in the Sama area of Vadodara, Gujarat, there are reports of 61 cases of jaundice. A water-borne disease that produces jaundice with an incubation period of about 10 days suggests an outbreak of leptospirosis. 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.

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