Pune: A civic organisation keeps an eye out for fever

Health officials conducted house-to-house fever surveillance in Kasba Peth and Hadapsar districts . Six residents, mainly from Peth areas and Hadapsar, tested positive for the bacterial infection .

PUNE: After cases of leptospirosis infection surfaced last week, health officials of the Pune civic body conducted house-to-house fever surveillance in Hadapsar and Kasba Peth districts.To rule out leptospirosis-related fever in and around the houses where patients reside in Kasba Peth and Hadapsar areas, we've introduced fever surveillance to rule out the possibility of leptospirosis-related infections among other things.Around the primary care provider, our health specialists attended 100 households.So far, we haven't seen any other leptospirosis alleged patients, according to Dr Sanjeev Wavare, senior health official at Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

A woman (60) from Kasba Peth is critically ill and is receiving intensive care at KEM Hospital in Rasta Peth.Once out in the open, leptospira bacteria can survive in water and soil for weeks or even months, according to Dr Renu Bharadwaj, the former head of the microbiology department at the BJ Medical College, which is affiliated with the Sassoon General Hospital, which is the referral laboratory for leptospirosis.