"Rats drown in flood water which contaminates it further, allowing the leptospiro bacteria to enter the human body through the skin", said Dr V Ravi, a professor of virology at India's National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro sciences.
The death toll in India this year now stands at 1,400 across 10 states, and heavy rainfall is forecast in several areas in the coming days.
At the state assembly on Thursday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the economic losses from the deluge would exceed $3.73bn.
According to local newspaper Hindustan Times, the local health department sounded an alert and sought more medicines from federal health ministry.
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The focus has now shifted to clean-up efforts and hospitals preparing to deal with possible outbreaks of water and air-borne disease as people return home from relief camps. It's a mountainous job to rebuild all the pieces. The health department also suffered sizable loss. We also send out a Weekly K+R Update, bundling together all the kidnap, ransom and extortion news of the week in one easy to read newsletter. "There is no need of panic as we can control this outbreak", she told reporters. "We were well prepared to handle it", the additional director said. Teams of educated doctors beget arrived from several states including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh with needed treatment. The central government, too, has sent an educated crew and equipped materials for environmental sanitation."Functioning of numerous government and personal hospitals used to be badly plagued by the heavy rains and flooding".
However, the risk of getting this kind of fever especially during the floods.
Two of the disease's latest victims have been identified as Ranju from Ranni in Idukki and Anil Kumar from Kozhikode, who had actively taken part in cleanup operations after the floods, reported The Telegraph. Enough stock of the medicine was available in all health centres and government hospitals in the State, she said. The yell has already recorded three, 364 cases of dengue with 34 deaths.First Printed: Mon, Sep 03 2018.