Agriculture, sanitation workers at increased risk for leptospirosis

GIS: Health Ministry Urges Use of Protective Clothing, Gloves, and Closed Shoes.

Acting National Epidemiologist, Dr. Gemma Chery, is advising the public to pay close attention to signs and symptoms of leptospirosis.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness recently recorded an increase in the number of cases of leptospirosis. The disease is caused by bacteria found in rats, cattle, pigs, horses and dogs.

“Some of the signs and symptoms of leptospirosis could be very mild so it can go from basic flu symptoms to more severe ones, which results in damage to internal organs like the liver and kidneys, and may actually result in death if it goes on untreated,” said Dr. Chery.

Farmers, agriculture workers, sanitation workers and sewer workers are considered to be at high risk of contracting leptospirosis, however, anyone exposed to rat contaminated water and soil is also at risk of contracting the disease. Dr. Chery said, it is important for persons to take the necessary precaution to protect themselves.

“If you have a break or cut in your skin you need to cover this up properly. Use waterproof plasters. We want farmers or those persons who work with the soil to use proper protective clothing like gloves and closed shoes. We also want persons to ensure that their foods are covered properly, and that they are stored properly in containers. Also the public needs to ensure that surfaces are always clean”.

Dr. Chery advised that it is important to visit the nearest health facility if there is any suspicion that you have been exposed to leptospirosis.

Cases of leptospirosis usually increase after periods of heavy rain or flooding.


  1. Empress
    November 8, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Do something about the RATS .. wasting time educating people .. freaking RAT is the real issue .. dont talk bout flooding .. government not working on any infrastructure to deal with water catchment .. lets have a conversation about how a small animal is allowed to take up so much space in our news .. deal with the garbage what brings them .. DEAL WITH THE FREAKING RATS ..

  2. Child if God
    November 8, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Empress everyone has a right to air their opinion but its we Lucian’s that have the city so dirty by disposing if our wait in the town. Too often I’ve seen people drop their rubbish after using and. These rats are tigers ready to attack you. . its high time ministry of health need to charge people for illegal dumping it could be a sweet wrapper.

  3. San
    November 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    The garbage collection and management is a real issue. A restaurant for rats. And now there is a drive to removing all garbage bins. What a bad move because the garbage is now placed along the road in bushes, solid waste and the powers that be look into thjs matter

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