Major increase in reported cases of leptospirosis in Nicaragua

Reported cases of leptospirosis have more than doubled this year compared to last year. The total so far is 183 cases. The most affected departments include Granada, Jinotega, Madriz, Matagalpa and Nueva Segovia.

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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 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.