The month of July so far has seen 3 deaths owing to leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is caused mainly through infected water. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) released a report on Thursday evening about the number of cases and deaths in the city this year.
BMC’s Executive Health Officer, Dr Padmaja Keskar said “There have been only three deaths in July 2017, so far.” The report is a statistic from July 1st to 26th.
Doctors across the city say that the numbers of cases are lesser this year, owing to better drainage management. “Leptospirosis is caused majorly due to stagnated water or exposure to infected water. Compared to the last couple of years, the number of cases has gone down. This could be due to better drainage management as well as the increasing awareness among people,” said Dr Vasant Nagvekar, consultant expert for infectious medicines at Global Hospital.
Furthermore, doctors add that the impact of the disease on people will be known once we reach till mid-August. “As of now, we really can’t say anything. The prime period of monsoon will be around mid-August. But yes, so far, I haven’t seen any confirmed cases of leptospirosis,” said Dr Om Shrivastav, infectious disease expert.
He further informed about the prevention of the disease, “Look out for signs such as broken skin after exposing yourself to infected water. And take care while out in places that stagnate water.