NCRHA confirms flood-related leptospirosis death

Of­fi­cials from the North Cen­tral Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty have con­firmed that one man died due to com­pli­ca­tions of lep­tospiro­sis at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex, Mt Hope ear­li­er this week.

Samir Khan, 37, of New Street, Ca­roni, died at the hos­pi­tal on Tues­day. He was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal 10 days ear­li­er af­ter dis­play­ing symp­toms of the dis­ease. Khan is be­lieved to have con­tract­ed the bac­te­r­i­al dis­ease dur­ing the re­cent flood­ing in his area.

Guardian Me­dia was al­so in­formed of the death of a Cunu­pia man who was al­so suf­fer­ing symp­toms as­so­ci­at­ed with lep­tospiro­sis on No­vem­ber 11.

NCRHA CEO Davlin Thomas con­firmed there had been a death at the hos­pi­tal re­lat­ed to lep­tospiro­sis ear­li­er this week but was not able to give fur­ther de­tails.

Thomas said while the NCRHA was al­so look­ing in­to two deaths, on­ly one has been di­rect­ly con­firmed to be re­lat­ed to the ar­eas af­fect­ed by flood­ing.

Two weeks ago, Min­istry of Health of­fi­cials, Act­ing Pri­ma­ry Med­ical Of­fi­cer Dr Bri­an Amour and Coun­ty Med­ical Of­fi­cer Dr Adelle-Lisa Chang On con­firmed that there were three sus­pect­ed cas­es of the lep­tospiro­sis be­ing as­sessed fol­low­ing the mas­sive flood­ing across the coun­try.

Lep­tospiro­sis is a bac­te­r­i­al dis­ease which af­fects both hu­mans and an­i­mals. It is caused by bac­te­ria of the genus Lep­tospi­ra and is most com­mon­ly spread by rats and cat­tle. It can cause a wide range of symp­toms for hu­mans, which may be mis­tak­en for oth­er ail­ments. Some in­fect­ed per­sons, how­ev­er, may have no symp­toms at all.

Some of these symp­toms in­clude:

-High fever

-Headache

-Chills

-Mus­cle aches

-Vom­it­ing

-Jaun­dice (yel­low skin and eyes)

-Red eyes

-Ab­dom­i­nal pain

-Di­ar­rhoea

-Rash

If left un­treat­ed, Lep­tospiro­sis can have dead­ly con­se­quences.

It can cause kid­ney dam­age, menin­gi­tis, liv­er fail­ure, and res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­tress.

- by Peter Christopher.

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