U.S CDC warns of leptospirosis outbreak in Fiji

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning on the outbreak of leptospirosis in Fiji.

Health officials in Fiji have reported an outbreak of leptospirosis, most cases have been recorded in the Central and Northern divisions, states the CDC on its website.

In response to the outbreak, the Fiji Ministry of Health is working to manage the situation, increasing disease surveillance and conducting clean-up and awareness campaigns, said the CDC.

“The bacteria that cause leptospirosis are spread through the urine of infected animals, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months,” states the CDC warning.

“To prevent leptospirosis, travelers should avoid swimming or wading in water that might be contaminated with animal urine and avoid contact with potentially infected animals.”

The CDC says protective clothing or footwear should be worn by those exposed to contaminated water or soil.

“Cuts and scratches should be covered by waterproof bandages.”

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