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Leptospirosis Worrying Mauritius: Experts Call for Task Force



Leptospirosis Worrying Mauritius: Experts Call for Task Force

Mauritius is facing a growing concern over the spread of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can be transmitted through contact with contaminated water or soil.

The issue was discussed on the popular TV program “Au Cœur de l’Info” on Radio Plus and Télé Plus, where experts urged the government to set up a task force to tackle the problem.

Leptospirosis Worrying Mauritius: Experts Call for Task Force

During the program, Dr. Dooshan Nuckchady, a specialist in infectious diseases at the Ministry of Health, explained that leptospirosis cases are reported every year in Mauritius, with patients typically ranging in age from 30 to 65 years old.

However, some cases have been reported among people in their 20s, and those who work in high-risk occupations such as construction and agriculture.

Dr. Nuckchady emphasized that many patients are asymptomatic, meaning they do not show any symptoms, and therefore may not be detected.

He described the treatment options for patients, including antibiotic medication for mild cases and hospitalization for severe cases.

Harryduth Puttoo, Deputy Director of Public Health and Food Safety, noted that the Ministry of Health has conducted sanitary controls and taken action in areas where cases have been reported.

He also highlighted the importance of public awareness and encouraged citizens to report any rat sightings to local health authorities.

Dr. Shameem Jaumdally, a virologist, warned that the number of deaths is a sign that there may be more cases than have been detected.

He attributed this to the fact that symptoms of leptospirosis are similar to those of other infections, and therefore may not be recognized immediately.

Dr. Jaumdally called for a large-scale study on leptospirosis in Mauritius and urged the government to establish a task force to tackle the problem.

Dr. Vasantrao Gujadhur, a former director of health services, pointed out that an average of 45 cases are reported in Mauritius each year.

However, since January 2024, 28 cases have already been reported, including five deaths. He noted that many cases have occurred after the floods in March last year and emphasized that the situation is urgent.

The experts agreed that the Ministry of Health should take immediate action to address the crisis.

Dr. Gujadhur urged the government to set up a task force chaired by the Minister of Health and to conduct strict controls in high-risk areas by sanitary inspectors.

In conclusion, the leptospirosis crisis in Mauritius is a pressing issue requiring urgent attention from the government and public health authorities.

The experts’ are calling for a task force and increased public awareness highlight the need for a coordinated response to prevent further spread of the disease.

Source: Defi Media

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