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14 Leptospirosis patients in Tarakan hospital JAKARTA - After the recent floods in some parts of West and Central Java, new cases of Leptospirosis rose to 14. All of the patients are in a hospital in Tarakan. Dr. Nazir, the hospital's internist told Antara News that two of the freshly admitted patients were in serious condition. He also told that most of the patients were brought in in a serious condition.

One of the patients would be allowed to return home soon since his condition was improving. He said that the number of patients with diarrhea that was currently being treated at the hospital rose from 152 to 167 on Friday. On Thursday one patient died after being threated for hours in the hospital.He was brought to the hospital in critical condition according to Zuraidah, head of treatment at the hospital.

Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is transmitted by the urine of an infected animal, and is contagious as long as it is still moist. Deer, rats, raccoons, possums, voles, skunks, mice, specific marine mammals and even infected dogs may serve as hosts. Dogs may lick the urine of an infected animal off the grass, or drink from an infected puddle. There have even been reports of "house dogs" getting leptospirosis apparently from licking the urine of infected mice that entered the house. There is a direct correlation between the amount of rainfall and the incidence of leptospirosis, making it seasonal in temperate climates and year-round in tropical climates. Leptospirosis is also transmitted by the semen of infected animals.

Leptospiral infection causes a wide range of symptoms, and some infected persons may have no symptoms at all. Because of the wide range of symptoms the infection is often wrongly diagnosed. This leads to a lower registered number of cases than there really are. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, and vomiting, and may include jaundice, red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and/or a rash. The symptoms in humans appear after 4-14 day incubation period.

Additional information at Wikipedia.



Posted in Health @ 18 February 2007 02:21 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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