MOPH warns of leptospirosis amid raining season


BANGKOK, 30 July 2015 -The Ministry of Public Health has warned the general public to be wary of leptospirosis, an infectious disease that often occurs during the rainy season.

Leptospirosis, also known as field fever, has infected more than 600 people and claimed 10 lives across 55 provinces since January. Provinces with a high incidence of leptospirosis include Ranong, Sisaket and Phang Nga. Sixty percent of patients were farmers between the ages of 44 and 64.

The fatal disease is caused by the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in fresh water bodies tainted by animal urine. Its symptoms include dry cough, fever, headache, muscle pain, nausea and diarrhea. Those who have developed these symptoms after having come into contact with contaminated water must seek immediate medical attention.

People can prevent leptospirosis by avoiding stagnant water or wading through mud without rubber boots. Those who have come into contact with unsanitary water sources must wash their skin and any open wounds immediately.