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Consequence of flooding, leptospirosis on the rise

National Health Service (SNS) director Nelson Rodriguez Monegro says that in 2016 so far 41 people have died and 560 have been infected with leptospirosis, which now requires strong action in response to the threat to the public.

Rodriguez Monergo attributed the increase in the incidence of the disease to people wading in flooded waters and drinking polluted water following the heavy rains in the north of the country. A total of 27 people have been hospitalized with the disease and four deaths have been reported in the Cibao region. In Santiago, 14 people are reported to have contracted the disease, mainly children who are receiving treatment at the Arturo Grullon Children’s Hospital, the Cabral y Baez Hospital and private clinics.

Rodriguez Monegro, Deputy Minister Mercedes Rodriguez and Regional Director Austria de la Rosa have met with the provincial hospital directors to discuss the situation and define strategies.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Dec 14, 2016

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