Post deluge, fear of leptospirosis looms over Mumbai

Medical experts fear that the city may have to face a new challenge - the possible outbreak of leptospirosis. It is one of the most widespread diseases generally transmitted coming in contact with water contaminated by animal urine which comes in contact with unhealed breaks in the skin, eyes, or with the mucous membranes

Post deluge, fear of leptospirosis looms over Mumbai

After July 26, 2005, the other date which every Mumbaikar will never forget is August 29, 2017; as these were the days on which Mumbai bent its knee before the incessant rains. As the rains have now taken a break, Mumbai has again stood on its feet, but experts fear that the city may have to face a new challenge. The experts feel that, in the aftermath of the flooded city, many Mumbaikars may have got infected with deadly leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is one of the most widespread diseases transmitted by animals to humans. The infection is generally transmitted to humans by water that has been contaminated by animal urine which comes in contact with humans through unhealed breaks in the skin, the eyes, or with the mucous membranes.

Many citizens had to walk through waterlogged streets to make their way to a safer place. According to the experts, this may cause the higher risk of leptospirosis.

“In such heavy rain, often drains are overflowed and the contaminated water gets mixed in the rain water. And, it may result in deadly diseases if proper precaution is not taken. Leptospirosis is a major concern of getting contracted with contaminated water. Those, who have injuries on the foot, can get infected easily,” said senior general physician Dr Jayesh Lele.

 What are the symptoms of leptospirosis?

  • Headache and fever
  • Chills and muscle pain
  • Organ failure
  • Internal bleeding

Considering this possibility, people are advised to take proper precautions in order to avoid the infections. Dr Mandar Kubal, an infectious disease expert, tweeted following tips to prevent the infections:

  • Wash your feet with extra care, use plenty of soap and dry fully.
  • People with foot ulcers/wounds/diabetic foot infections/shoe bites that walked through flooded waters to see their doctors even on slight fever.
  • Those facing exhaustion and muscle cramps should take maximum rest and warm fluids. Don’t rush to work.
  • Please watch the water you drink post-rains. Drinking boiled water is the best.
  • Keep your skin, especially skin folds dry.