Deadly rat disease hits New York City one dead others stricken


Rats carrying the deadly corkscrew shaped Leptospira bacteria have infected three people in the Bronx area of New York City with Leptospirosis, also known as Weil's disease, resulting in the death of one male and severely infecting two others.


New York City health officials while speaking to reporters on the ground confirmed that three persons were admitted to hospital all severely ill with acute kidney and liver failure. They also informed us that all infected persons lived on the same city block in the Bronx area of New York.


The same officials also went onto to state that because of this latest outbreak of Leptospirosis they had taken "immediate measures" to reduce the rat population in the area.


Furthermore, City officials are warning tenants within the area, to avoid rat-prone areas, and to always wear shoes while taking rubbish to their apartment building's refuse compactor room.


How is Leptospirosis spread?


Leptospirosis is spread through rat or animal fluids and can enter the human body through small cuts in the skin or through the eyes, nose, and mouth.


Symptoms include fever, nausea, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Furthermore, it can also lead to severe bleeding from the lungs, meningitis, kidney failure and severe pulmonary hemorrhage syndrome (bleeding within the lungs)


Author's note: Since this report was made the two other infected persons have been released from the hospital after being treated with heavy antibiotics.


Steve Simmonds

Freelance Journalist and Author

For Global Breaking News

Credits and sources: BBC.UK, New York City health department, New York Times, Global Breaking News Hub

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