New York City Investigating Three Cases of Leptospirosis

Feb 17, 2017, 00:29
New York City Investigating Three Cases of Leptospirosis

The Health Department argued that in December two patients were diagnosed with this disease while another one was diagnosed this month. The remaining two were discharged home.

One of the infected residents was Braulio Balbuena Flores, who was admitted in a grave condition after the leptospirosis attack. The two survivors are now out of the hospital. It's already rare for humans to catch leptospirosis, but person-to-person transmission isn't common either, the department says. The New York City Department of Health confirmed the case cluster in a statement.

According to the Department of Health, all three infected individuals were hospitalized with severe symptoms, including kidney and liver failure.

In October 2010 British Olympic gold medal rower Andy Holmes died after contracting the disease. The other two survived, and have since been released from care.

Residents near the apartment complex in the Bronx told WCBS-TV that the area has been plagued by rats for many years. Due to the evacuation, several residents were inconvenienced.

"It is unfathomable to me that in this day and age, in one of the most expensive cities in the world.the city can not mitigate the rat problem nor does it have good ideas to do so", he said in a statement Wednesday.

New York City health officials said it is the first concentrated cluster of leptospirosis, having seen just 26 cases across the city in the previous decade.

The largest outbreak of leptospirosis ever recorded in the United States occurred in 1998, when more than 1,000 athletes participating in summer triathlons in IL and Wisconsin were potentially exposed to the bacteria, and 110 became infected, according to the CDC.

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Now there are three cases in one block - and Bronx officials are pacing.

The Department of Health has shared that the disease flared up on a small scale in Brooklyn in 2009, but only dogs were affected.

Infections commonly occur through exposure to rat urine.

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It is extremely rare in New York City and it is rarely spread person to person.

Though some who are infected may show no symptoms, others may experience a fever, headache, chills, muscle ache, vomiting, or diarrhea. Rarely, the illness becomes life-threatening.

New York City health officials issued a warning to residents of an apartment building in the Bronx borough after three people fell ill and one died of a rare bacterial infection linked to rats.