Leptospirosis affects more than 3,000 Sri Lankans in eight months
Posted on September 23rd, 2019

Courtesy Prensa Latina

Colombo, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health reported on Monday that about 3,317 patients infected with leptospirosis or rat fever were recorded during the eight months of 2019 in the country.
The highest number of cases was recorded in May, according to the Department of Epidemiology.

Leptospirosis, known as rat fever, is caused by a fast-moving bacterium of the genus Leptospira, which can infect humans who consume contaminated food and water.

Doctors state that rat fever is equivalent to a normal fever initially, but symptoms can worsen.

Specific symptoms of leptospirosis include fever, chills, red eyes, headaches and muscle pain, particularly in the lower back. 

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