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Boy died of leptospirosis: MOH


Apr 26, 2022 11:42:26 AM

Boy died of leptospirosis: MOH A 15-year-old from Tailevu is the latest leptospirosis fatality.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong said the boy was rushed to the Nausori Health Centre on April 6th and died on the same day.

Dr Fong said there have been a total of 36 deaths from leptospirosis this year, with 26 in the west, four in the central, and six in the north.

“Leptospirosis bacteria are spread to humans through the urine of infected animals, such as cows, pigs, rats, and dogs,” he said.

“To reduce your individual risk, it is important to understand that exposure to animals, soil and floodwaters during work or recreational activities increase your risk of infection.

“Important prevention measures include wearing full covered footwear at all times when going outdoors and avoiding wading or swimming in flooded waters.

“People should ensure that they use clean fresh water to wash up after exposure to muddy waters and keep all food covered and away from rats.

“For workplaces, practice good personal hygiene at all times, cover cuts and wounds well, and use protective equipment, especially footwear when in flooded areas,” he said.

In a statement, he said early treatment can decrease the severity and duration of the disease.

“Please seek medical care if you have recently had contact with floodwaters, mud, or animals, and have had fever, muscle pain, headache,” he said.

“You may also have red eyes, loss of appetite and nausea. Leptospirosis can be treated with appropriate antibiotic medications prescribed by a doctor if treatment is sought early.

“Danger signs for severe leptospirosis include shortness of breath, coughing blood, chest pain, jaundice, signs of bleeding, decreased urination and difficulty staying awake,” he said.

Dr Fong said severe leptospirosis is life-threatening, and anyone with these symptoms must be taken to the hospital immediately.

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka




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