Health officials in Guyana have reported a leptospirosis outbreak among Guyana Manganese Inc. (GMI) workers Friday.
According to authorities, two Chinese nationals have been treated and released, while another mining employee, who was also tested positive for leptospirosis, is in “critical but stable condition” .
One individual died from complications associated with leptospirosis Wednesday night while undergoing treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Shamdeo Persaud said that “all precautionary measures are still in place at the Matthews Ridge tunnel site and immediate surroundings and essential medical supplies are in stock to treat employees of the mining firm and residents of the area.
Since last week’s outbreak, the area has been deemed a ‘Red Zone’ by Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) authorities and “no one is allowed to enter the site,” Dr Persaud reminded Thursday.