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Rat-Borne Leptospirosis Infection Kills One in NYC

Rat-Borne Leptospirosis Infection Kills One in NYC

There are three cases of a bacterial infection caused by rat urine, one of them fatal, in the Bronx according to New York City officials.

To avoid becoming infected with the Leptospira bacteria that cause leptospirosis, people should wear protective clothing or footwear if they are exposed to water or soil that might have been contaminated with animal urine, the CDC said.

Popular Video Here is what happened when a pastor walked by President Trump after a prayer service. "This is the first time a cluster of cases has been identified", he told the paper. There are typically one to three cases a year.

A disease spread by rats has been blamed for killing one person and sickening at least two others in a building in the New York City borough of the Bronx, reports CBS New York.

Two of the people were diagnosed in December and one was diagnosed in February, health officials said. One patient, Braulio Balbuena Flores, told the Post he was hospitalized for two weeks.

"Everything I wash, I have to use bleach because they run around rampantly like they're part of your house", Howard said.




He says his jaw has been chattering uncontrollably ever since.

The Health Department will investigate what it calls a "cluster" of leptospirosis cases that broke out on one block in the Bronx's Grand Concourse neighborhood. In the meantime, the Housing Preservation and Development and the Buildings Departments have immediately begun reducing the rat population in the area.

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It enters through the body either through cuts or through the eyes, nose or mouth. Some people who are infected may have no symptoms, while others may have a mild illness with fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting or diarrhea. In severe cases, liver and kidney function are affected.

"This illness can be serious but is treatable with readily available antibiotics", according to the statement.

Health officials say they are taking immediate measures to decrease the number of rats in the area and are expected to hold a meeting with tenants to discuss how Wednesday evening.

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