Bantwal, Dec 22, 2014: A suspected case of death due to rat fever has been reported from Modankaup in Bantwal. Vishwanath (31), son of late Nonayya of Pallamajalu in Modankaup, an autorickshaw driver by profession died on December 21, Sunday morning. Doctors who treated him suspect that Vishwanath had contracted rat fever. Though a post mortem has been performed the exact cause of his death is not yet ascertained.
Vishwanath, a bachelor was running an autorickshaw at BC Road-Kaikamba and was admitted to a local private hospital after he developed fever on December 19,Friday. Doctors who treated him said his health condition deteriorated due to kidney failure as he was possibly suffering from rat fever.
Bantwal TMC President Vasanthi Chandappa, Revenue Inspector Narayana Poojary and others visited the residence of the deceased. Autorickshaw drivers also condoled the death of their colleague by putting up black flags in their vehicles.