Leptospirosis after flooding in Fiji

There have been 61 people infected with leptospirosis according to the Fiji Ministry of Health. These cases are the result of exposure to contaminated water during flooding and heavy rains associated with Tropical Cyclones Winston and Zena.

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Advice For Travellers

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. For travellers, this exposure may occur through exposure to contaminated water during flooding and heavy rain. 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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