Leptospirosis – an infectious bacterial disease occurring in rodents, dogs and other animals that can be transmitted to humans – has claimed two lives this year.
Dr Theerawat Walaisathien, director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Control 9 in Nakhon Ratchasima, said yesterday that 143 leptospirosis cases had been reported this year up to Friday (Sept 9) in four provinces in the lower Northeast.
Nakhon Ratchasima reported 21 cases, Buri Ram 18, Surin 94 (with two deaths) and Chaiyaphum 10.
People can become infected through contact with an infected animal’s urine or water contaminated with an infected animal’s urine. Symptoms include fever, a headache, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhoea and red eye.
Without treatment, the disease can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure and respiratory distress.