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25 Dec 2018 | 08:43 PM UTC

Sri Lanka: Leptospirosis outbreak ongoing

Sri Lanka News Alert

Leptospirosis outbreak ongoing nationwide; over 4887 cases reported as of late-December

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/24/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/5/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Colombo). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka

Event

According to health officials, 4887 cases of leptospirosis have been reported throughout Sri Lanka between January 1 and late December. The number of cases reported during this period represents a 35 percent increase over the same period in 2017. The most affected areas include Ratnapura and Kalutara.

Context

Leptospirosis, also called Weil's disease, is a bacterial disease spread via the urine of infected animals. Known carriers include rodents, cattle, pigs, and dogs. Symptoms of the illness include fever, nausea, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. If left untreated, leptospirosis can result in death.

Advice

Individuals present in the affected area are advised to avoid all contact with animals (especially rodents), and to refrain from swimming or wading in water that may have been contaminated by animal urine. Individuals who believe they may have contracted leptospirosis should seek immediate medical attention.

 

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