The Department of Diseases Control has predicted an increase of leptospirosis cases after flood water has receded especially in the Northeast where 674 cases were reported during the first seven months and, of these, there were ten fatalities.
The department director-general Dr Jesada Chokdamrongsook disclosed that during January 1-July 29, 1,392 leptospirosis cases were reported, half of them in the Northeast and 29 people had died from the disease.
The five northeastern provinces with higher incidence of leptospirosis are Si Sa Ket, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin and Ubon Ratchathani.
He said that leptospirosis cases usually during the rainy season and especially in areas where flooding has receded. He warned people infected with the disease to get medical treatment quickly otherwise they may die from it.
Most patients will have high fever and experience muscle pain with some will suffer from headache and pink eye. In serious cases, the patients may suffer from liver failure as well as kidney failure and their conditions will worsen quickly on the 4th or 5th day of becoming infected.
Those who have the above-mentioned symptoms and who have wade through flood water should immediately consult doctors for diagnosis. Anyone who wants more information about the disease or have any questions can call the department at 1422.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)