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28 Cases, 5 Fatalities: Leptospirosis Outbreak Spreads Its Reach



28 Cases, 5 Fatalities: Leptospirosis Outbreak Spreads Its Reach

Mauritius has reported five deaths linked to Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that has been spreading rapidly across the island.

According to the Ministry of Health, all five patients who died from the disease had underlying comorbidities.

Since January 11, 28 cases of Leptospirosis have been reported in Mauritius.

As of May 15, five patients were hospitalized and undergoing treatment for the disease. The patients are from various regions, including Piton, Crève-Coeur, Ste-Croix, St Hilaire, and Quatre-Bornes.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can be contracted when a person comes into contact with contaminated water or urine from infected animals, such as rodents.

The bacteria can enter the body through the eyes, mouth, or broken skin.

The main symptoms of Leptospirosis include high fever with chills, headaches, muscle and joint pains. In severe cases, the disease can progress to kidney, liver, and lung failure.

The Ministry of Health has urged citizens to take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

People are advised to avoid contact with contaminated water and to wear protective clothing when handling animals or their waste.

It is also important to maintain good hygiene practices, such as washing hands regularly and avoiding contact with infected animals.

As the situation continues to unfold, it is essential for citizens to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect themselves from Leptospirosis.

Source: Le Mauricien

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