43% drop in leptospirosis cases so far this year

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PUTRAJAYA: There has been a 43% drop in leptospirosis cases from Jan 3 to Aug 6 this year as compared to the same period last year, said Health Minister, Dr S Subramaniam.

He said cumulatively, 3,212 cases were reported for the period (Jan 3 until Aug 6) this year, compared with 5,632 cases for the same period last year, involving a drop of 2,420 cases.

“Five states that contributed to the highest number of leptospirosis cases are Sarawak, Selangor, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah,” he told reporters here today.

Subramaniam said among the factors that caused Sarawak to record the highest number of leptospirosis cases was because there were many rivers, forests and waterfalls in the state.

He explained that most leptospirosis cases occurred due to contaminated food and water polluted by animal urine.

The latest leptospirosis casualty involved a teacher, Mohd Yusri Yaccob, 42, who was suspected to have contracted the disease while kayaking at Sungai Ketil, Baling.