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Leptospirosis on the increase

According to the report number 32 of the Epidemiology Department of the Ministry of Public Health (Digepi), in the first eight months of the year, 461 people have been infected with leptospirosis, with the most recent death being recorded in week 32, from 6 to 12 August.
The disease comes from contact with water or soil contaminated with urine or body fluids from infected animals such as rats, pigs and dogs and has increased by 63% in humans over last year, with 294 cases reported at the same time in 2016.

The most number of cases have been in Santo Domingo and Duarte provinces, with 43 deaths so far this year. Veterinarian Ruddy Vasquez Rondón urges measures of control or prevention further outbreaks of the disease. He ties the increase in leptospirosis to contaminated water and unchecked garbage dumps.

He said that most of the humans have been infected when working in rice fields and wetlands as well as those who bathed in contaminated water. Duarte province is a major rice-producing province.

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

Aug 31, 2017

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