More people admitted for leptospirosis to the hospitals in the Western Division โ€“ Dr Fong

More people admitted for leptospirosis to the hospitals in the Western Division โ€“ Dr Fong

By Naveel Krishant
Saturday 12/02/2022

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says after the recent floods, they are starting to see more people admitted for leptospirosis to the hospitals in the Western Division and the intensive care unit at Lautoka Hospital.

Dr Fong says leptospirosis is caused by bacteria that infects and causes illness in some animals and humans and it spreads to humans through the urine of infected animals such as cows, pigs, rats, and dogs.

He further says people of any age can get leptospirosis, but most often it is found in young adults, and in some cases causes severe disease and death.

Dr Fong adds people should seek medical care if you have recently had contact with floodwaters or mud and develop the following symptoms: fever, muscle pain, headache.

He further says you may also have red eyes, loss of appetite, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, or feel weak.

Dr Fong says leptospirosis can be treated with appropriate antibiotic medications prescribed by a doctor if treatment is sought early.

To prevent leptospirosis please avoid wading or swimming in flooded waters, wear shoes when walking outside, and keep all food and drink covered and away from rats.

The Ministry of Health has convened the Communicable Disease Committee, which will assist the Divisional Command Centres in responding to cases of leptospirosis, typhoid, and dengue fever, including raising awareness amongst the public and providing refresher training for medical professionals in primary care for early diagnosis and treatment.


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