LEPTOSPIROSIS has claimed six lives in the Western Division since last month's flood.
The figures were confirmed by Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki yesterday as he warned members of the public to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the illness.
He said there were two deaths in Sigatoka and Nadi and one each from Lautoka and Ba.
Cdr Cawaki said this was a cause of serious concern.
"This is of serious concern to the government and we need to immediately take preventative measures," said Cdr Cawaki. "People living in flood-affected areas should always wear shoes and not walk on muddy surfaces.
"We are encouraging members of the public to take heed of the health awareness programs broadcast through the media.
"The recent flood will bring many diseases and we are urging the people to be extra careful."
Cdr Cawaki also warned parents to keep a close watch on their children.
"People's lives are precious and irreplaceable so we need to be extra careful," he said.
He said a government integrated team would soon visit the families of the deceased and carry out awareness programs in neighbouring areas.
"It is very important to visit the families of the deceased and to find out how and where they were infected with the disease.
"It is also important to find out the health status of the rest of the family members and their neighbours and see what can be done to prevent more casualties.
"Health is one of the most important issues that we are looking at now and it's our collective role to stop the spread of communicable diseases."