14 cases of rat fever have been reported in Kodagu, officials say no need to panic – The New Indian Express
MADIKERI: Kodagu has reported 14 cases of leptospirosis (rat fever) despite the district battling the COVID-19 fight. The first case was discovered almost 15 days ago and the DHO confirmed that the majority of patients are on the way to recovery.
Leptospirosis, or rat fever, is caused by rodent-borne bacteria that are transmitted to humans through the rodents’ urine or mucus secretion. “The disease can be detected through blood tests. If a person has symptoms of jaundice, cough, or other severe breathing difficulties, they are advised to report for blood tests right away. Leptospirosis is curable and not contagious, ”said Dr. Venkatesh, DHO.
He confirmed that the majority of the 14 cases have recovered and there is no need to panic. He added that all necessary treatments and medication are available in the district and advised residents with symptoms of fever to call the nearest PHC.
DC Charuala Somal said there was no need to panic as appropriate and efficient treatment was available in the district’s health centers. “It is important that the residents do not ignore and neglect the symptoms. It is important to be hygienic and use hygienic water, ”she explained.
Rat fever cases have been reported from the Cherambane, Napoklu, Madikeri, Suntikoppa, Aluru Siddapura, Balele, Chennayana Kote, Kakotuparambu, Kannangala and Kanuru areas.