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Ministry emphasises on disease prevention

April 26, 2012 1:24 am

People in flood affected areas must be aware of the disease risk they face says National Advisor on Communicable Disease – Dr Mike Kama.

Since the January floods leptospirosis has been recorded as one of the highest diseases contracted by people.

Dr Kama says this is because people are walking barefoot in flooded waters contaminated by animals.

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“It is important for people to actually where protective clothing, avoid pools of water for leptospirosis, where as for town areas the prevention measures would be things like putting mosquito repellent this is to avoid dengue mostly. But the main thing is do the whole range of prevention activity.”

After the March floods there are 37 cases of leptospirosis, 12 cases of typhoid and 12 dengue fever cases.

The Ministry says the numbers have not reached crisis level yet and there is no need for panic.

Health teams are also visiting flood affected areas creating awareness.

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