The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has declared an outbreak of leptospirosis for the Central Division after 4 deaths occured in this month alone.
There are 69 cases of leptospirosis in Central Division from January 1st this year, with 18 people requiring admission to the CWM Hospital.
Majority of the cases are between the 1-19 and 20-29 age group.
Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria that affects both humans and animals and is obtained through contact with the urine of infected animals.
This often happens through contact with mud, water, or food contaminated with the urine of infected animals.
Recent heavy rains and flooding are likely to have contributed to the increase in cases in the Central Division.
Animals that may spread the disease through their infected urine include; rats, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, horses and mongooses.
Members of the public are advised to avoid contact with the urine of infected animals, avoiding swimming in waters that may be contaminated with animal urine, especially flood waters, wear protective clothing and footwear when working with livestock and getting rid of rats in the house.
The Ministry’s Central Division and Subdivisional Outbreak Response Teams, including our Environmental Health Officers, have been working closely with the Ministry’s Centre for Communicable Disease Control to conduct investigations and public health awareness and interventions involving household inspections in the community.