Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Health Ministry: Flooding increases leptospirosis risk

If you've been in flood waters, beware that you could be at risk for leptospirosis.

That’s the warning from the Ministry of Health in light of increased incidences of persistent rainfall and resulting flooding in several parts of Trinidad.

The Ministry advised that symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, diarrhoea and rash.

However, the Ministry said any of these symptoms can be mistaken for other diseases.

The Ministry further advised that some people may not experience any symptoms at all.

The time between a person's exposure to a contaminated source and becoming sick is two days to four weeks.

Illness usually begins abruptly with fever and other symptoms.  

The Ministry has advised those who believe that they may have leptospirosis to visit their nearest health centre or doctor immediately.

 

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