Leptospirosis concerns in French Polynesia

7:57 am on 13 February 2017

There is concern in French Polynesia that more people could contract leptospirosis after the heavy rain in recent weeks.

A road damaged after floods due to heavy rains on Tahiti.

A road damaged after floods due to heavy rains on Tahiti. Photo: AFP

After the torrential downpour in Tahiti last month, 14 people were diagnosed with the disease of whom ten needed hospital care.

The infection rate has almost doubled and prompted the authorities to be circumspect when swimming in areas with big run-off.

The public has also been advised to try to control rodents as they can spread the disease, which triggers fever and pains and can damage kidneys.

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