Monsoon brings with it a whole world of infections and diseases, ranging from mosquito-borne to stomach and gastrointestinal. In today's article, we will look at two problems that occur in monsoons - Gastroenteritis and Leptospirosis. In our previous article, we had discussed about Malaria and Dengue.
Monsoon Baddie #3: Gastroenteritis
Gastroenteritis also knows as infectious diarrhea or stomach flu is the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (which includes the stomach and small intestine). Although this infection spreads easily, it is almost self-treatable (it is always best to consult your doctor before taking medication) and resolves within a few days and weeks. Gastroenteritis is very common and more than 10 million cases occur every year in India. Now, let's have a quick look at its causes and precautions we all must take to prevent the spread of Gastroenteritis.
Monsoon Baddie #4: Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis, also called Weil's disease is a bacterial disease that can affect both humans and animals. It is caused by the bacteria Leptospira. Leptospirosis is a rare disease and less than five thousand cases are reported per year in India. Leptospirosis is diagnosed by lab tests and requires treatment by a medical professional. Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney and liver damage and even death. Antibiotics clear the infection.
Here's a quick look at the causes, symptoms and precautions to avoid this infection.
Stay safe, stay healthy!