High rainfall and localised flooding in some parts of the southern provinces has seen attack rates of leptospirosis rise, with the worst affected named by health officials as Ranong, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung and Phang Nga. To early April, 219 leptospirosis infections and three deaths had been reported, with farmers making up over one-third of cases. Also on leptospirosis, the number of cases reported in New Caledonia has risen further with 135 infections for the year to Apr 9 (cf. a total of 69 cases in 2020). Read more
Advice for travellers
Leptospirosis is spread through the urine of infected animals, typically rats. The bacterium enters the body through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth, as well as through broken skin. Outbreaks are typically associated with exposure to floodwaters, making leptospirosis a low risk for most travellers. Read more about leptospirosis.
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