Health Ministry urges leptospirosis prevention

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NONTHABURI – The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) is urging officials nationwide to prevent the spread of leptospirosis, a disease commonly found in all regions throughout the year.

The Speaker of MOPH Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai has said regarding the local disease leptospirosis, that this disease is found throughout the year and mostly in the rainy season.

Patients are at risk to this disease by having direct contact to water contaminated with rat urine. Farmers and individuals living in densely populated areas are at risk of contracting this disease.

The MOPH speaker has said all MOPH officials and volunteers have been urged to closely monitor the situation, and promote prevention practices among the public to reduce the number of patients and casualties.

According to statistics from the Bureau of Epidemiology, 2,176 leptospirosis patients have been found in 2015 with 33 casualties in 67 provinces, while 12 patients from 9 provinces have already been identifies during the first 11 days of 2016.