A seventh death linked to leptospirosis has been recorded in Mauritius, announced the Minister of Health, Kailesh Jagutpal, during a press conference this morning, June 5.

Plowmen, manual workers and plumbers are the most affected by this disease.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans, primarily transmitted by rodents, particularly rats, which excrete the bacteria in their urine. Minister Kailesh Jagutpal advises the public to consult a doctor as soon as the first symptoms appear.

Furthermore, 141 cases of dengue fever were detected over the past week, a downward trend according to the Minister of Health. Three regions are the most affected: Karo Kalyptis, Roche-Bois, Pamplemousses and Rivière-du-Rempart. Despite the difficulties of access to these regions, the minister assures that fumigation exercises will continue. Help from NGOs, district councils, among others, is envisaged.

Mukul Doollah

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