Monsoon might have gone but leptospirosis- one of the monsoon related illness is still around with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) revealing that they have registered 33 confirmed leptospirosis cases in October.
“Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease and exact epidemiology of such disease is not possible. We are seeing sporadic leptospirosis cases in non-monsoon period too. We need more research on this,” said a senior health official, BMC.
Recently, the Bombay High Court has asked the corporation to consider leptospirosis as an epidemic causing disease. In last three years, the disease has claimed 35 lives in Mumbai. As per the information provided by the state in its affidavit in 2014, there were 88 cases in Mumbai of leptospirosis, of whom six died. In 2015, there were 61 cases recorded in Mumbai during the monsoon and 20 deaths.
“Wading through contaminated water is the known form of contracting this bacterial disease. But, there are many modes of contracting leptospirosis. It can be inhaled, orally ingested,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, executive health department in BMC.
This year so far, there have been more than 180 cases and nine deaths. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by a strain of leptospira. The infection is commonly transmitted from animals to humans when people with wounds or breaks in the skin come into contact with water or soil that has been contaminated with animal urine.