Leptospirosis is real; avoid dirty waters


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Feb 20, 2019

The heavy rains that have fallen so far this year have produced an outbreak of leptospirosis, a treatable disease caused by infected urine from rodents and other animals that is carried by flood waters or food contaminated with the toxic urine. Any open wound can be infected as it comes into contact with the dirty water and the infection can lead to meningitis and even death.

So far this year, 24 persons have died in the Dominican Republic from infections resulting from leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is not contagious from person to person. This year’s rains have produced a 41% increase in leptospirosis cases compared to 2023.

Dengue, spread by mosquitos, has also been deadly in the country with eight deaths reported so far this year. There have been nearly 7,800 cases of dengue, but only 276 cases of leptospirosis, so the mortality rate for the latter is much higher.


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