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Fears over increase in leptospirosis

posted on: Sep 13 2010 12:14 by Royston. Viewed 1073 times.

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So far this year 34 people have died from leptospirosis, and in the last four weeks 122 new cases have been registered.

According to statistics published by the Department of Epidemiology, 584 possible cases have been recorded, which is a 3% increase over the same period last year.

To date there have been 89 laboratory confirmed cases of leptospirosis, in 27 of the 32 provinces, mainly in the National District , Santiago , Santo Domingo, Montecristi and Puerto Plata.
Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria that affect humans and animals. It is a contagious disease  acquired through wounds or mucous membranes coming into direct contact with urine, blood or tissue from infected animals. It is typically spread by rats feeding on sacks of grain or rice.

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