Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, says for the period October 2017 to date there are no confirmed cases of leptospirosis.
It is a bacteria spread through the urine of infected animals (usually rodents, dogs, farm animals and horses). Once diagnosed early, it can be treated.
Animals and humans become infected by direct contact, by drinking or inhaling the infected urine, or water contaminated by urine.
Leptospirosis can cause a wide range of symptoms, including: High fever, headache, Chills, Muscle aches, Vomiting, Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), Red eyes, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Rash.
However, the St Joseph Member of the Parliament has noted that so far the records show there are fifty-eight suspected cases of leptospirosis locally for 2017.
Meanwhile, the Opposition’s request from Member of Parliament for Caroni East Tim Gopeesingh for the issue to be debated as a “Matter of Urge National Importance” was not allowed by the House Speaker.