Another 150 cases of leptospirosis in two weeks

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Aug 2013

PUTRAJAYA: Another 150 cases of leptospirosis have been reported within a two-week period nationwide since Aug 10.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the latest statistic has brought the total number of rat urine disease cases to 2,925 so far this year.

A total of 28 deaths were reportedly caused by the disease as of Aug 24.

“The leptospirosis situation in Malaysia showed that rats were the main reservoir for the disease, although other wild animals could also be infected by the leptospira bacteria.

“We urge members of the public to avoid patronising food premises which are dirty, to maintain good hygiene and to avoid holding recreational activities by pools, ponds or rivers which are unkept.

“Handle your waste or garbage properly so that rats cannot feed on them or that could contri­­bute to an increase in the rat population,” Dr Subramaniam said during a press conference at the ministry here yesterday.

He also urged those who had been exposed to the risk of leptospirosis and had symptoms such as fever and body aches to seek medical attention immediately.

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