See a doctor for symptoms: Munshi – FBC News

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People living in leptospirosis and typhoid hotspots should seek immediate medical attention if they experience one or more symptoms of climate-sensitive diseases.

Fiji Medical Association president Dr Basharat Munshi said people should not ignore symptoms, even if they are mild, as it can lead to further complications.


“We know that leptospirosis and typhoid are both treatable. They are bacterial diseases, so if you catch them early, treat them early, the outcome can be very good. These are the patients, unfortunately, who present late with very advanced symptoms, organ complications, which is where the deaths occur.

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991 cases of leptospirosis have been confirmed this year, with a death toll of 29.

There have been 53 cases of typhoid this year, with five deaths.

The Department of Health and Medical Services also announced 965 confirmed cases of dengue fever.

Dr. Munshi pointed out that symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting yellow eyes and skin, red eyes and abdominal pain.

He adds that typhoid symptoms include weakness, stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, cough and loss of appetite.

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