San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Suspected Number of Bacterial Cases Climbs

The suspected number of cases of a bacterial outbreak known as leptospirosis climbed to 3,790 this week, five days after President Daniel Ortega declared that epidemic to be under control.

The Ministry of Health, which last week launched a campaign against the outbreak and against the mosquito-borne disease dengue, reports that the curve of leptospirosis cases is expected to fall in the coming days, and that the outbreak will be eradicated by the end of the week.

Leptospirosis was first detected here Oct. 21 in the northwestern departments of Chinandega and León. Since then, nine people have died, although only three of those deaths are confirmed leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis, which is spread to humans through the urine of infected animals or contaminated water, shares similar symptoms with dengue: muscle aches, high fever, weakness and nausea.


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