Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease i.e spread from animals to humans, caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira.
It is spread through the urine, stool and reproductive fluids of infected animals, especially rats.
The heavy rains add to the risk of these contaminants flowing into puddles, soil and other areas where people frequently engage.
The bacteria enter a human’s body through cuts, abrasions or through the mouth and nose (mucous membranes).
Symptoms of Leptospirosis
Itchy red eyes
Prevention tips for Leptospirosis
Avoid walking in puddles with bruised skin
Wear boots and gloves
Practice personal hygiene