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Lower Northeast plagued by leptospirosis outbreak
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:47:36 PM »
Lower Northeast plagued by leptospirosis outbreak

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 16 July 2014 (NNT) – Over a hundred people in the lower northeastern region have been diagnosed with leptospirosis this year while health officials are urging the public to take precautions against the disease, which can spread easily in the rainy season.

According to Dr Teerawat Valaisathien, Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control 5, which has jurisdiction over Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Buri Ram and Surin provinces, as many as 102 cases of leptospirosis have been found in the region since January 1 this year.

Twenty-four infections, including one death, were reported in Nakhon Ratchasima, 16 in Chaiyaphum, 31 in Buri Ram and another 31 in Surin. More infections are likely this year as leptospirosis bacteria usually thrive in the period between the rainy season and early winter.

As farmers make up the majority of the patients, Dr Teerawat advised them to wear rubber boots when wading through water on their farmland, especially if they have open wounds on their legs or feet, and wash themselves every time after coming up from the water.

Medical attention should be sought immediately if such symptoms as fever, headache, red eyes and muscle aches are experienced. Late detection of leptospirosis can result in fatality.

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