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Rio Grande do Sul records second death from leptospirosis after floods

A 33-year-old man died in Venâncio Aires; The first victim was a 67-year-old man resident in the municipality of Travesseiro

This Tuesday, the 21st, the second death of leptospirosis in the State of Rio Grande do Sul since the floods began earlier this month. The second victim is a 33-year-old man who lived in the municipality of Venâncio Aires and died last Friday, the 17th. Before him, from the same disease, a 67-year-old man who lived in Travesseiro, a city in the Region of Taquari Valley.

Leptospirosis is a disease transmitted through the urine of infected animals, which act as vectors for leptospira bacteria. According to experts, contact with flood and flood water increases the chances of infection, hence the possibility of a significant increase in cases in Rio Grande do Sul starting this month.

According to the municipality of Venâncio Aires, three cases have been confirmed this month and another 23 suspected cases are under laboratory investigation by the city’s Infectious Diseases Service Center (Cadi).

Two of the three patients whose diagnosis was confirmed have already recovered. Relatives of the third patient confirmed that he was in contact with the flood water, but say he took necessary precautions, such as wearing boots. Despite this he contracted the disease and died.

Over the past year, Venâncio Aires confirmed eight cases of leptospirosis, without any deaths. Another 48 suspicious notifications were discarded. This year, according to nurse Carla Lili Müller, coordinator of Health Surveillance, there have been nine confirmed cases so far.

Strengthen guidance so that anyone experiencing symptoms such as fever, headache, weakness, muscle pain (especially in the calf), and chills seeks medical attention. Symptoms normally appear five to 14 days after contamination and can last up to 30 days.

“Treatment begins when leptospirosis is suspected, when the patient presents a set of compatible signs and symptoms and a risk situation that preceded the symptoms in the last 30 days before the appearance of the signs”, explains Carla.

Source: Terra

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