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Rat fever claims two more lives taking the toll to 45

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Thiruvananthapuram: Two workers involved in clean-up operations after the deluge in Kerala succumbed to rat fever on Sunday, taking the toll in the epidemic to 45 in three days.

The sanitation volunteers have been identified as Kumari(48), of Perumbavoor Chamakkal and Suresh(36) from Vellikulangara, Chalakudy.

Meanwhile, 10 people died of rat fever on Sunday alone.

“On August 28 an alert was issued for leptospirosis, for five districts-Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Kannur in particular. People were told to take preventive measures with doxycycline tablet and to seek treatment right away if they presented with any symptoms of rat fever. The symptoms are high fever, myalgia (tiredness),” Additional Chief Secretary(Health) Rajeev Sadanandan said.

Kozhikode, the district worst affected by the epidemic, reported four more deaths on Sunday, taking its three-day toll to 18. Two people died in Ernakulam on Sunday, while one person each died in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts.

Meanwhile the department of health said 33 people out of 68 admitted to hospitals on Sunday have been confirmed with rat fever (Leptospirosis), an infection contracted through contaminated water.

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