Outbreak of Leptospirosis in Okinawa

According to health officials, there has been an increased number of leptospirosis cases due to contact with the Okuma River in Kunigami Village. 30 cases have been diagnosed so far.

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Advice For Travellers

Because leptospirosis occurs frequently after heavy rainfall, risk of exposure for travellers may be high if there is 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 during floods or heavy rainfall.

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.