Dramatic increase in leptospirosis in Fiji

As of April this year, there were 61 reported cases of leptospirosis. Since then, the number of infected people has grown rapidly to reach at total of 430 cases.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Leptospirosis.

Advice For Travellers

Health official are cautioning the population to avoid swimming or wading in flood waters. Leptospirosis is acquired through skin exposure (especially if there are open wounds) to water or damp soil that has been contaminated by an infected animal's urine. The risk of acquiring leptospirosis is higher after a period of heavy rainfall or flooding.

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to leptospirosis during floods or heavy rainfall by avoiding contact with flood waters, e.g., wearing waterproof boots and other protective clothing.

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