A team consisting of an epidemiologist, microbiologist, senior health inspector, taluk health inspector, and health workers, visited Kaniyoor Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Piligod village, Belthangady taluk on Wednesday, said B. V. Rajesh, Dakshina Kannada District Surveillance Officer.

Jazeel, epidemiologist, District Surveillance Office, who was part of the team that visited the village, said the aim was to see how Premalatha, a 33-year-old woman from the village who died on Sunday due to leptospirosis in Mangalore, could have got the disease.

The team visited 39 houses and covered 609 individuals none of who had fever. It found no stagnant water in the surroundings of the house and nobody of her five-member family has fever. The deceased had not visited any other place in the last two to three weeks (which is the incubation period for leptospirosis bacteria). Her five-member family is fine and none of them has reported having fever.

Dr. Rajesh said no fresh cases of leptospirosis have been reported in the district since Sunday.

Mr. Jazeel said that people who work in paddy fields must be very careful with fever and swelling in the legs. Those with such symptoms must visit the government health centres or see a doctor immediately.

According to sources, the woman may have contracted leptospirosis from her garden, where coconuts were grown and which had a cowshed.

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