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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

India : Highest lepto patients in S Gujarat in last 15 years

Via Times of India :

" SURAT: With 18 new cases reported on Sunday, leptospirosis in south Gujarat has hit a 15-year high with 688 patients in two months. The previous high was 659 patients in 1997. And with four more deaths over the weekend, the toll has reached 127. The number of patients is likely to go up as the monsoon is yet to end.

Health officials working at district level blame heavy and stretched monsoon in the region for the high number of patients. Health minister Jay Narayan Vyas said, "We have deputed special teams to take immediate steps. Hospitals have been equipped for more number of patients. Prevention is not possible due to stretched monsoon and farm labourers not following the instructions of health department." Vyas accepted that the numbers are high and alarming. Attempts have been made by the health department to control the infection by distributing gumboots, requesting farm labourers to avoid going in water logged fields and advising cleanliness in and around village."

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