It's mentioned only right at the end, but I wrote the piece linked to below about my recent stay in Ladakh really because of leptospirosis.
Someone we know well lost her 10 year-old son to the disease. He had a mild fever last Tuesday, it went away. On Thursday it returned and by the evening a doctor told them to admit him. So far so good, nothing really to worry about, they thought, and at least he was now in the hospital and would be taken care of.
On Friday morning, he threw up blood and was shifted to the ICU. He sank all afternoon. At about 6 that evening, he died.
Leptospirosis is commonly caused by exposure to the urine of infected animals. In our monsoon season, when we all are forced to walk in flooded streets, it's not hard to imagine that such exposure happens easily, given the amount of filth on those streets, the rodents rooting around in there, etc (you can imagine the rest).
So who do we blame when the disease strikes? The Municipality for its half-hearted clean-up jobs? All of us for allowing filth to pile up?
Here's what I wrote: Sickness at altitude.