NIH Issues Warning to Health Authorities of Rising Threat of Leptospirosis

The National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Centre for Disease Control has issued a Leptospirosis caution.

The advice is intended to alert health officials and stakeholders about the need for early diagnosis, timely care, and laboratory detection of Leptospirosis patients.

The NIH’s advice on Leptospirosis defined it as uncommon and caused by a bacteria of the Leptospira genus. It is spread from animals to humans via contact with contaminated animal excreta.

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The illness is spread mostly by rodents, pets, livestock, and other wild animals. According to the NIH’s statement, the condition is frequent in tropical and subtropical locations with significant rainfall.

Nonetheless, leptospirosis incidences in both animals and people have been observed in several locations in the Middle East. However, isolated incidences of leptospirosis have been reported in Pakistan. It is unlikely to spread from person to person.

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