Mumbai: Leptospirosis claims sixth victim, this season

Tanmay Pradnye, a 16-year-old, Kandivali resident died on July 28 due to leptospirosis. Tanmay was admitted to Kandivali’s Amar hospital and was later shifted to a multi-specialty hospital. Tanmay was hospitalised for a week

Tanmay had just cleared his SSC exam with 70 per cent, and had secured admission at Patkar College in Commerce stream.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pankaj, Head of Amar Hospital said, “When Tanmay was brought to the hospital, his condition was very serious. He had a temperature for two-three days. He was suffering from diarrhoea vomiting and severe body pain. The primary investigations suggested that he was suffering from leptospirosis. But, his liver and lungs had failed due to the leptospirosis. He was shifted to the different hospital but later during the treatment, he died.”

According to the information, Tanmay’s father works in a private firm and he had secured 70% in his board exams.

Kishor Rane, Tanmay’s neighbour, while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “For the past few days he was suffering from body pain, temperature, and vomiting. On July 24, he was admitted to Amar hospital, and then in a multi-specialty hospital, in Kandivali. But, during the treatment, he lost his life.”

This marks the sixth death, due to leptospirosis, so far this monsoon season. The other recorded deaths were of:

A 15-year-old boy from Kurla.

A 27-year-old man from Govandi.

And, a 21-year-old woman from Malad.

On July 13, a 17-year-old from Worli died due to the disease.

On July 28, the fifth victim was undergoing treatment for leptospirosis at Mumbai’s civic-run Sion Hospital, the person died during the course of treatment.

As the monsoon has progressed in Mumbai, the cases of leptospirosis, dengue and malaria have been on the rise. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) report:

Disease June 2017 June 2018
 Lepto 20 5
 Malaria 442 356
 Dengue 31 21
 Gastro 886 779