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Symptoms include severe headache, muscular pain, joint aches, high fever and coldExperts from National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Bangalore, are camping in the affected areasBlood samples have been sent to Bangalore for tests

GULBARGA: The outbreak of leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that is transmitted to man from rodents, has been reported in three villages in Yadgir taluk in Gulbarga district.

District Surveillance Officer Amaresh Kollur said here on Tuesday that the outbreak has been reported at Honagera, Badiyal and Mailapur.

While 22 of the 65 blood samples drawn from the affected persons in Honagera turned out to be positive, in Badiyal five of the 48 samples were positive, and in Mailapur two of the seven cases were positive.

Alarmed by the outbreak of the disease, which very rarely affects human beings and domestic animals, experts from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Bangalore, are camping in the affected areas in Yadgir taluk and collecting the blood samples from the affected.

Dr. Kollur said the first case of was reported from Honagera on November 22 and immediately a team of doctors were rushed to the village, where few other cases with the similar symptoms were found.

The blood samples were drawn and sent to Bangalore for tests.

The symptoms include severe headache, muscular pain, joint aches, high fever and cold.

In a few cases, the disease may lead to hepatitis, nephritis, atypical pneumonia, influenza or gastroenteritis.

Dr. Kollur said treatment is available for the disease and antibiotics and combined with analgin can cure the disease.

He, who visited the affected villages, said that following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, a team of veterinary doctors, who took blood samples from the affected animals, found several cases of leptospirosis among domestic animals.

He said one of the main reasons for the outbreak is lack of proper sanitation and large-scale dumping of garbage and waste.

Drive

Officials of the gram and taluk panchayats have taken up a drive to clean up the villages and chlorinate the drinking water sources to prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr. Kollur admitted that the disease was not totally under control.

However, the disease has not spread to other villages in the district, he said.

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