BMC gets report on bacteria that led to lepto deaths in Mumbai

  • Priyanka Vora, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2015 23:20 IST

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon study the detailed report on the type of bacteria found in the 16 people who died of leptospirosis in Mumbai this year.

The health department of the civic body had sent the blood samples of the victims to the National Reference Laboratory of the Indian Council of Medical Research in Port Blair, which has now sent its analysis to the civic body.

According to experts, there are 260 types of leptospirosis bacteria, scientifically called serova. “The aim of the exercise was to know the type of bacteria which is in circulation in the city. Our team is yet to interpret the report. It is too early to comment,” said a senior civic official, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

In July, 65 people contracted the infection and 16 succumbed to it. Mumbai is the only district in the state to have witnessed mortality because of the infection.

Doctors also feel there could be another organism, along with the bacteria, that may have aggravated the condition. The possibility of the link to the hanta virus, too, was discussed in a meeting with senior health officials on Monday. “Although experts suggested it in the meeting, there is no evidence on the link to the virus,” said another official, requesting anonymity.

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