Bekasi patient may have leptospirosis

BEKASI: A Bekasi regency health official said Wednesday a resident is being treated for symptoms of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease transmitted through exposure to water contaminated with rat urine.

“We’re still waiting for the results of laboratory tests to confirm the case,” the health agency’s communicable diseases prevention and sanitation head, Erwan Hidayat, said.

The patient has been treated at Karya Medika Hospital since Monday.

The agency has examined the patient’s family and 13 neighbors, none of whom presented symptoms of the disease.

Patients with leptospirosis usually experience severe headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, breathing problems and sometimes have a yellow tinge in the eyes.

The agency has directed 34 community health centers in the regency to become more active in disseminating information on flood-related diseases to residents.

“We have also instructed 13 hospitals in Bekasi to be alert,” Erwan added.

There were 27 reported cases of leptospirosis in 2004 in the regency, with no fatalities. — JP