Mumbai: Leptospirosis! The endemic has certainly gripped Maharashtra and Mumbai of late. According to the latest, Twelve people died of leptospirosis infection in the last seven days, a civic official said on Wednesday.Out of a total 21 cases reported in civic-run hospitals in last seven days, 12 people in Mumbai lost their lives due to complications arising out of leptospirosis, Additional Municipal Commissioner (Health) Sanjay Deshmukh said.
The disease spreads through leptospirae bacteria from animals to humans. “Leptospirosis spreads when the urine of a dog or rat infected by the disease and comes in contact with human skin,” the official said.Most of the victims were from the city’s Borivali, Kandivali, Malad and Malvani areas where there was heavy water logging due to rains on June 18 and 19, according to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM).
The incident comes after the massive rain and flood that the financial capital of the nation witnessed. Hence the civic officers are thinking that it is a bacteria borne disease and it will have far reaching effects on the Mumbaikaars.