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Leptospirosis toll in Mumbai touches 14

india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 22:58 IST

At least 14 people have lost their lives in the city due to the bacterial leptospirosis disease, civic authorities said on Friday.

The latest victim was an 18 year old youth who died on Friday morning at the KEM hospital in central Mumbai.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's surveillance report for diseases, 14 people have died in the past two weeks of monsoon-related diseases - gastroenteritis, hepatitis, leptospirosis, dengue, typhoid, malaria and fever.

Leptospirosis is a potentially serious bacterial illness common in the tropics and one that can affect many parts of the body. People get be affected by contact with fresh water, wet soil or vegetation that has been contaminated by the urine of infected animals. It can be treated by antibiotics.

The stagnation of water after the rains has given rise to these water-borne diseases.

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