Deadly ‘rat fever’ in flood-ravaged Indian state A man removes debris from a collapsed house after floods in Paravur, in the southern state of Kerala, India.
“Rat fever” and other diseases have killed 14 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the worst floods in almost a century, authorities said on Tuesday (04). The separate death toll from the monsoon floods that forced more than a million people from their homes in Kerala last month has meanwhile risen to 486, the government said. “We had anticipated leptospirosis (rat fever) due to contaminated water and are taking all measures to distribute preventive drugs in camps,” Kerala health director Sarita R L told AFP. Leptospirosis, transmitted in water containing urine from rodents and other animals, has…
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