Heavy rains in Petrópolis (Rio de Janeiro) in February has caused cases of leptospirosis to rise dramatically, according to the State Secretary of Health (SES).
In the first three months of the year, Petrópolis registered 99 probable cases of the disease, compared to only three notifications in the same period last year.
With the storms of recent days, the Prefecture issued an alert for the possibility of new cases of the disease. People who have had contact with water or mud from floods and who have a fever associated with headaches or muscle aches should go to a health unit, reinforced the SES.
“It is very important that the population seek medical attention immediately if they present symptoms compatible with the disease. Health services must also pay attention to the inclusion of leptospirosis in clinical suspicion and differential diagnosis of cases suspected of dengue and chikungunya fever. Historically, notification of leptospirosis increases after the rainy seasons”, said the Secretary of State for Health, Alexandre Otavio Chieppe.
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