Shielding Against Infections in Kollam: Essential Health Measures for the Monsoon

As the rain pours down, so do the risks of infectious diseases. The health department of Kerala issues a stern warning against the spread of ailments such as fever, dengue, rabies, jaundice, and diarrhea.  Dengue, transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, thrives in stagnant water, from discarded containers to neglected tires. Coastal and urban areas are particularly susceptible to rainwater accumulation. This notification was published on May 23, 2024.

Rabies, not confined to rats but also carried by dogs and livestock, spreads through contaminated water. Vigilance is crucial, especially for those in cleaning and agricultural work. Doxycycline, an anti-rabies medication, proves essential for those at risk. Meanwhile, diarrheal diseases and hepatitis lurk in unclean water, emphasizing the importance of stringent hygiene practices. Boiled water becomes a lifeline, as does regular handwashing. In this rainy season, safeguard yourself against these lurking dangers. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and stay healthy.