According to health officials, at least 98 cases of leptospirosis, including four deaths, have been reported throughout Fiji between January 1 and February 10. Health officials have advised residents to take precautions against the disease.
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.
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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