Leptospirosis cases confirmed in Santa Fe province, Argentina

During the first 3 months of this year, there were 50 leptospirosis cases confirmed in Santa Fe province. Three of the patients died, one in Santa Fe, one in Chabás and third in Rosario.

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 usually occurs through recreational water activities or during floods. 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, or by wearing waterproof boots and other protective clothing.

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

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