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Jakarta Post

Residents told to brace for leptospirosis in rainy season

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Tue, February 10 2009   /  11:04 am

During the rainy season, Jakarta residents have to brace for the spread of several water-borne diseases, an official said Monday. Leptospirosis is one of them. Jakarta has seen two cases of leptospirosis this year, said Tini Suryanti, the head of the city health agency. In 2002, during one of the largest floods in Jakarta, 113 patients were infected with leptospira germs according to the agency’s data. Twenty of the patients died. Tini said there were 184 cases in 2007 and 41 in 2008. “The leptospira bacteria comes from the urine of rats  and is spread by flooding,” she said.
The bacteria easily enters through small wounds, eyes, nose and skin. The disease can easily spread at temporary shelters for flood victims because of poor hygiene and sanitation, Tini said. “We have conducted information sessions, educating flood victims on p...