Leptospirosis cases reported on Guam

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Joint Regions Marianas

ATTENTION PATIENTS: There have been three identified cases of Leptospirosis on Guam and with several more under investigation which are being linked to the recent Hashers that were lost during a recent event in the jungle.

Because of this people are encouraged to stay clear of standing puddles in areas where they may be Boonie Stomping or hashing. Also due to the recent heavy rains it is highly recommended to wait until dryer seasons to participate in the above mentioned activities.

According to the Center for Disease Control Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira.

In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases. Some infected persons, however, may have no symptoms at all.

Without treatment, Leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.

You can learn more by going to: http://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/

Leptospirosis is treated with antibiotics, such as doxycycline or penicillin, which should be given early in the course of the disease. Intravenous antibiotics may be required for persons with more severe symptoms.

Persons with symptoms suggestive of leptospirosis should contact a health care provider.

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