Leptospirosis continues to wreak havoc. Since January 11 this year, 28 cases have been recorded. There were also five deaths. The Ministry of Health reports five active cases. Vigilance remains essential.

There are currently five active cases of leptospirosis in Mauritius. This information was communicated by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday, May 15. The regions where these cases were detected are: Piton, Crève-Cœur, Ste-Croix, St-Hilaire and Quatre-Bornes. All patients are hospitalized.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Health reports that five deaths have been attributed to leptospirosis. The people who succumbed to the disease all suffered from multiple comorbidities.

The Ministry of Health recalls that leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. Its main carriers are rodents, particularly rats, which excrete the bacteria in their urine.

“Leptospirosis can be contracted when a person comes into contact with water contaminated by rodent urine which enters the body through the eyes, nose, mouth and cracked skin,” the press release highlights.

The Ministry of Health adds that the number of cases of leptospirosis can increase after floods or cyclones and other climatic phenomena leading to heavy rains and accumulations of water.

Increased vigilance

Vigilance has been increased at town hall level after the recent cases of leptospirosis detected on the island. It is indicated that the cleaning of vacant lots and rodent control is carried out by private contractors. The latter carry out inspections before installing poisoned bait, especially around markets. “Rodent Control is ongoing,” explains Dooshiant Ramluckhun, mayor of Quatre-Bornes, in a statement to Radio Plus on Wednesday. Same story from Issop Nujuraully, the lord mayor, who explains that “Rodent Control” has been taking place around the central market for more than a year.

Furthermore, a rodent control campaign is underway in the regions concerned. The Rodent Control Unit under the aegis of the Ministry of Health was called upon for this exercise.

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