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Leptospirosis in Fiji

31 Jan 2019

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services in FijiLinkreports an outbreak of leptospirosis in the Central Division of the country. There have been 69 cases of leptospirosis, including 4 deaths from 01 January to 28 January 2019.

Advice for Travellers

  • Be aware of the risk and avoid exposure to contaminated water where possible.
  • Always protect the skin when travelling, particularly in tropical climates. All cuts, scratches and open skin lesions should be covered with waterproof plasters.
  • Do not swallow or drink water that could be infected.
  • If the risk is considered high and exposure unavoidable, protective clothing (wet suits and goggles) should be worn, especially footwear e.g. waders.
  • Careful washing and showering after possible exposure may be helpful. 
  • There is no vaccine available in the UK to protect against leptospirosis.

For further information see Leptospirosis.