Thursday, September 21, 2023

Concern raised over rising cases of leptospirosis

President of Dominican Society of Salubrists, Dr. Rafael Ramos Rincón, expressed that before the passage of a new tropical storm Worrying increase in reported leptospirosis cases up to week 12 of the Epidemiological Bulletin Ministry of Public Health with a total of 100 cases.

he explained that he Leptospirosis usually occurs in the tropics, as the climate and unfavorable working and sanitary conditions favor the survival of the pathogen. And that environmental conditions that favor it: humidity, temperature and soil pH close to neutrality.

He warned that the risk of contracting the disease It is especially high among certain professionals such as veterinarians, farmers, sewage treatment plant workers, slaughterhouse workers, and fish farm workers.

“These people can get leptospirosis either by direct contact or after exposure to contaminated water and soil,” express.

He said that he also Leptospirosis detected in suburban cities where rat populations are on the rise and that the majority of cases occur in males; The incidence reaches its maximum level during the summer and rainy season.

“Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria, which is present in the urine of rats, dogs, cows, pigs and horses, and is spread by drinking water contaminated with leptospires, by contact with animal urine or contaminated soil. affect humans.” told.

she explained Prevention and control of leptospirosis depends on various measures, such as rodent control, hygiene education and promotion of healthy behaviour., It is also important to have a strong health infrastructure that can adequately diagnose and treat cases of leptospirosis.

“Health officials are responsible for implementing prevention, control and response strategies for a possible increase in leptospirosis cases. These measures include epidemiological surveillance, hygiene promotion and education about the disease, distribution of vaccines, training of medical personnel These could include improvements to training and health infrastructure. couple

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