THIRD LEPTOSPIROSIS VICTIM SUCCUMBS IN NEW CALEDONIA

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Contaminated waters blamed on cyclone Vania

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 1, 2011) - A third person has died in New Caledonia as a result of a post-cyclone outbreak of leptospirosis, a disease transmitted by animal urine.

Last week a young man and a 57 year old woman died from the disease as they did not seek immediate medical help.

Our correspondent Patrick Decloitre says another young man died from the disease yesterday and says health authorities are reinforcing strong warnings.

"Be careful with any still waters, muddy waters, anything that would’ve been left after typically a situation like a tropical cyclone which New Caledonia has just gone through about two weeks ago with Cyclone Vania. But in any case do not walk barefoot in infected waters."

Patrick Decloitre says about 30 people have been admitted to hospital with symptoms of leptospirosis since the beginning of January, mostly in the wake of Cyclone Vania.

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