New York City Investigating Three Cases of Leptospirosis

New York City Investigating Three Cases of Leptospirosis

The rodent-related disease is believed to be responsible for three cases — one of them fatal — in the Bronx, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

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February 16, 2017
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New York City is investigating three recent cases — one of them fatal — of a rare disease transmitted through rat urine that have occurred in the Grand Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

As reported by the New York Times, the three most recent cases occurred in the past two months. All the patients became severely sick and were hospitalized with acute kidney and liver failure, the health department said. One died as a result of an infection. The two who survived have been released from the hospital.

The sexes and ages of those infected were not available. The department did not specifically identify the location of the cluster.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene created a information sheet about Leptospirosis available at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/leptospirosis.page.

Source: New York Times