Rat fever on the rise | Daily News

Rat fever on the rise

The Health Ministry has issued an advisory as the number of rat fever cases surges in the country. The island nation has registered close to 7,000 cases and more than 70 deaths through September 2020, the highest in the last decade, according to the data from the Epidemiology Unit of Sri Lanka,

Ratnapura, recorded the highest number of cases for the fifth consecutive time this decade - 1,440 cases through September.

Leptospirosis, commonly known as rat fever, is spread through contact with water or soil contaminated by the urine of rats or other infected animals. Symptoms include vomiting, fever and headache. Antibiotics are used to clear the infection, which, left untreated, could lead to death.