Spike in Leptospirosis cases in Grenada

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Spike in Leptospirosis cases in Grenada

There is a spike in leptospirosis — the blood infection caused by the bacteria Leptospira — according to epidemiological data from the Ministry of Health.

Now Grenada reported that records show that as of 19 September 2020 there were 15 confirmed cases, a significant increase when compared to the data of 2018 and 2019 in which there were 12 and 11 cases respectively.

  • 15 confirmed cases of leptospirosis, vector-borne disease contracted from rats
  • 133 persons have been diagnosed with dengue to date

“In Grenada, the main means of contracting this disease is from rats, and so people need to starve the rats and don’t provide an avenue for them to survive and breed. The goal should be keeping the environment clean,” said Kenny James, a senior health environmental officer in the Ministry of Health.