The regional director of health for Piura, Myrian Fiestas Mogollón, said that the region has seen 251 confirmed cases of leptospirosis and 311 suspect cases. To date there have been no deaths.
“Rainwater and water from collapsed drains are a source of leptospira. The urine of the rodents infects the water and it is transmitted to people when it comes into contact with any micro-wound on the skin ,” said the regional health director.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leptospira bacteria can cause life-threatening infections in the kidneys, liver, brain, lungs, or heart.
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