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Monday, November 7, 2011

India : Leptospirosis claimed 186 this year in S Gujarat

Via Times of India :

" The end-of-season figures for leptospirosis in south Gujarat are 186 dead and 962 hospitalised, which is the highest so far.

The bacterial disease is on the rise ever since it surfaced in 1994. The health department is unable to control the number of deaths and infection to farm labourers even after 15 years of special measures being taken in south Gujarat districts.

The disease spreads in humans through discharge of rats and cattle. Carriers of leptospira bacteria, cattle and rats, do not get severely infected but they spread it through urine."

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