Mumbai: Leptospirosis claims its fourth victim?

This is the fourth suspected death due to Leptospirosis. In the month of June, three Mumbaikars had died due to leptospirosis. The latest death due to leptospirosis is yet to be confirmed by the BMC’s Epidemiological death committee

Mumbai: Leptospirosis claims its fourth victim?

  • A 17-year-old from Worli, Mumbai has suspected to have died due to leptospirosis in the city
  • As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the teenager had walked through the flooded water in Worli Seaface and other areas

The BMC has recently released the latest data of the monsoon-related disease in Mumbai.

As per the data provided by the BMC,

In the first 15 days of July:

Dengue 16 cases
Leptospirosis 19 (including 1 death) cases
Malaria 192
Gastro 519
Hepatitis 49
Cholera 02

As per the BMC official, during the first 15 days of July 2018, 369 cases of Probable Dengue/ Dengue like illnesses were admitted to various BMC hospitals in Mumbai

People who died due to leptospirosis in the month of June

  • A 15-year-old boy from Kurla
  • A 27-year-old man from Govandi
  • And, a 21-year-old woman from Malad

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BMC’s release states,

The 17-year-old resident of Worli has expired on July 13, had a history of walking into the flood waters in Worli Seaface and other areas. Following which he had fever for three days. He was treated at BMC dispensary and was advised to visit a tertiary care hospital, in the view of blood in the vomitus.

However, the patient did not visit the hospital. And on July 12, on 7th day of the illness, he was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

While speaking to the press, Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer BMC says, “The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has screened 474 houses and 1,926 people, where 2 cases of fever and 2 cases of UTI’s were detected. They have been referred to the nearby dispensaries.”

As Mumbai has witnessed the wettest July in recent years, the BMC has asked Mumbaikars to take preventive measures if they have waded through flooded streets.