Nicaragua faces infectious disease outbreak

11:00, October 12, 2010      

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Nicaragua's Health Ministry (Minsa) Monday confirmed the death of seven people in Leon province in the west and Esteli province in the north were caused by leptospirosis.

According to the report released Monday, between Oct. 5 and 10, seven people died due to this disease, which is easily transmitted through some animals' urine after floods.

In the past weeks, rains and floods have killed at least 66 people in Nicaragua.

The report added that in the two provinces, the number of patients with leptospirosis symptoms is increasing. Leon province has reported 63 confirmed cases so far.

In Malpaisillo municipality of Leon, authorities said that "there is an explosive situation" due to the number of registered cases, so they have set up a small temporary hospital with beds, medicines, and lab equipment.

The local government also sent a group of medical staff to make door-to-door visits to find people with symptoms of this disease.

Source: Xinhua


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