Minister visits KMC where three of a family are under treatment

Following multiple deaths reported owing to leptospirosis (rat fever) in the district, Health Minister Arvind Limbavali has directed the district health officials to intensify their campaign against the spread the disease.

Mr. Limbavali visited Kasturba Medical College, Attavar where Suresh Poojary (47), his wife Jyothi (40) and their daughter Shwetha (14) had been admitted after having been diagnosed with leptospirosis. Mr. Poojary’s two sons succumbed to the disease on within a gap of three days.

“The number of people affected by the disease drastically increases during monsoons in Dakshina Kannada every year. We have asked health officials to conduct door-to-door surveys of households in Sullia and Bantwal where a large number of cases are usually reported. If found positive, the person should be admitted to the hospital. We are focusing on early detection,” he told reporters outside the Hospital.

Officials had started collecting blood samples from Mr. Poojary’s neighbours in B. Mooda village in Panjinakallu, Bantwal taluk soon after the outbreak of the disease. Seven people out of the 21 tested on Tuesday had reported positive for the disease. The samples from 93 more people had been collected and the results were expected on Thursday.

Though O.R. Srirangappa, District Health Officer, noted that those tested ‘positive’ need not still carry the disease, he ordered for them to be kept in Wenlock Hospital under observation.

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