Labourers From NE Could Be Carriers Of Leishmaniasis

Thiruvananthapuram: After a study on domestic migrant labourers revealed that a growing number among them might be carriers of HIV virus, a new fear has emerged that they could be also carriers of Leishmaniasis, also known as Black Fever or Kala Azar, a fever spread by sand fly bite. With the health department confirming that two cases of Leishmaniasis have been identified in the state and both patients have succumbed to the disease, it is suspected that Leishmaniasis, a kind of fever widely reported in northeastern states, has reached Kerala shores through migrant labourers.