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Several cases of leptospirosis recorded since the beginning of the year

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Several cases of leptospirosis recorded since the beginning of the year

Population urged to observe hygiene measures

Since the start of 2024 until now, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has documented 20 cases of leptospirosis, with 5 occurring in April alone.

Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection affecting humans and animals alike, spreads primarily through rodents, notably rats, which excrete the bacteria in their urine. Humans can contract the disease by coming into contact with water tainted by rodent urine, entering the body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or broken skin. Symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, and muscle and joint pain. If left untreated, leptospirosis can progress to affect the kidneys, liver, or lungs.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare emphasizes the importance of maintaining a clean environment to prevent contamination. They urge the public to adhere strictly to hygiene practices, utilize personal protective gear like gloves, thoroughly wash cans and containers before use, cleanse fruits and vegetables, and safeguard food items from potential contamination.

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