Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland cautions general public to be on guard against Leptospirosis

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 54 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyleLocalNews Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland cautions general public to be on guard against Leptospirosis by: – August 6, 2011 Share Mr. Anthony Scotland. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe Ministry of Health through its Chief Environmental Officer has advised that there is an increased number of reported and confirmed cases of Leptospirosis on the island.Mr. Scotland reported to the media that the number of cases has moved from fifteen to twenty.“The Ministry of Health, the last press release that was given, the number of recorded confirmed cases was at fifteen that was for the past few months that was in the month of May. But you find is that in the month of June there were two cases and in the month of July three cases. We need to be careful about the environment that we are working and what we are finding is that the disease is occurring more and more among people working in the outdoor situation, people doing farming you know that sort of operation; outdoor work, work related to construction.”He also advises persons who work outdoors to wear protective gear while working.“So basically people doing outdoor activities have to be careful; if you have a breaking in your skin you need to wear gloves. If you suspect that your environment is contaminated with rats, you suspect animals around you; anytime you suspect sick animals you should report the matter to the Veterinary Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture. These are the measures that need to be taken by our population now,” he said.The Ministry of Health reported that two people had died from the disease in June of this year.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more