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One dies of Leptospirosis in Ahmedabad

After floods in Ahmedabad's low-lying areas the city has witnessed cases of Chikungunia, Malaria.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 23:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Leptospirosis claimed a life in Ahmedabad even as a Central team arrived in the city to assist the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to check spread of Chikungunia, officials said on Wednesday.

After heavy rains and floods in the low-lying areas on the banks of the Sabarmati river, the city has witnessed cases of Chikungunia, Malaria and other water-borne diseases.

Rohan Patel, a resident of Khanpur locality, died last Sunday. His blood samples were sent to Pune and tested positive for Leptospirosis, officials said. This was the first death in the city due to the disease.

"This is an isolated case of death due to Leptospirosis. There are no reports of other cases of this disease in the city," Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner IP Gautam told.

Gautam, however, admitted there are thousands of suspected cases of Chikungunia in the city. Chikungunia has been reported from eastern, western and central parts of Ahmedabad, officials said.

A three-member team of the National Vector Diseases Control Programme led by joint director K Shrivastva has come in Ahmedabad to help AMC control the spread of Chikungunia, Gautam said.

The team will visit areas affected by diseases and suggest steps to control them, officials said.

First Published: Sep 13, 2006 23:25 IST