Published Date: 2010-09-07 20:38:50
Subject: PRO/MBDS> Leptospirosis - Thailand (04): Surin
Archive Number: 20100907.3225
LEPTOSPIROSIS - THAILAND (04): SURIN
A ProMED-mail post
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Mon 6 Sep 2010
Source: National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT), Public Relations
Over 250 residents of the northeastern province of Surin have been
infected with leptospirosis. One person has been confirmed dead.
Dr Sa-ard Weeracharoen of the Surin Provincial Public Health Office
stated that the cumulative number of people infected with
leptospirosis in the province currently stood at 252 with one
fatality. He said the province ranked 5th in the country in terms of
the number of infections. Most of the patients are agricultural workers.
The districts with the highest infection rates are Buachet, Kap
Choeng, Chom Phra, Chumphon Buri, and Rattanaburi, respectively.
Public health officers in the province have been dispatched to
encourage people to stay clean amidst flooding. Rice farmers are
advised to wear water-proof boots when working in inundated fields
for long hours.
People experiencing symptoms of leptospirosis, including high fever,
headache, diarrhea, rash, and respiratory distress, are advised to
see doctors immediately for examination.
[Byline: Boonsong Lipimas]
[The newswire above is the 4th report of leptospirosis in Thailand
and the 2nd report of leptospirosis in Surin in 2010. As of 21 Aug
2010, there have been 242 cases and one fatality reported from Surin
province. Cases of leptospirosis were also reported from provinces in
the north eastern region: Kalasin and Maha Sarakham (see prior
PRO/MBDS postings listed below).
According to the Thai Ministry of Public Health, Bureau of
Epidemiology (BOE) report on leptospirosis, available in Thai at
http://220.127.116.11/surdata/506wk/y53/d43_3453.pdf, between 1 Jan
2010 and 28 Aug 2010, a total of 2453 cases and 25 fatalities were
reported from 69 provinces. The attack rate was 3.86 per 100 000
population. The highest percentage of cases was reported in the 45-54
years old age group (22.42 percent), followed by the 35-44 years old
age group (21.85 percent) and 25-34 years old age group (15.90 percent).
The northeastern region has the highest attack rate (per 100 000
population) of leptospirosis (7.96), followed by the south (4.67),
north (1.95) and central regions (0.47). Surin ranks 4th among
provinces nationwide in terms of attack rates (19.23 per 100 000
population) of leptospirosis. Among 2453 cases and 25 fatalities, 265
cases and one fatality were reported from Surin province
For maps showing Thailand's provinces, see
http://www.thailand-map.net/thailand_provinces/ and regions, see
http://thailandforvisitors.com/general/regions.html. For the
interactive HealthMap/ProMED-mail map of Thailand with links to other
recent ProMED-mail and PRO/MBDS postings, see
http://healthmap.org/r/05M9. - Mod.SCM]