JOHOR BARU: Three people admitted to the Tanah Merah Hospital in Kelantan have tested positive for leptospirosis, says Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.
The Health Minister said blood and urine tests showed that the three – who were part of a group of six people admitted to hospital – tested positive for the disease.
Tests are being carried out on three other patients warded at the hospital.
"We are waiting for laboratory tests on the three other patients to identify whether they are also infected with leptospirosis," he said at the Johor Ponggal Festival 2017 at Mutiara Rini Urban Forest Park on Saturday.
Dr Subramaniam said that the three patients could have contracted the disease in Tanah Merah as the area was hit by floods recently.
He added that it was unlikely that they caught the infection in Kajang, Selangor where they went for a gathering last month.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can cause high fever, severe headaches, vomiting, muscle pain, conjunctivitis, cough and a short-lived rash.
If left untreated, the infection may be life-threatening and could lead to brain damage, kidney failure, internal bleeding and loss of lung function.
Health D-G: Three from Kajang family gathering test positive for leptospirosis