Lep­tospira de­tected at Kapit’s Lily Pond

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KAPIT: The bac­te­ria Lep­tospira, which causes lep­tospiro­sis, has been de­tected in the wa­ter of the Lily Pond at Jalan Mamora and Jalan Penghulu Nyang­gau.

The Kapit Dis­trict Coun­cil Public Health Di­vi­sion ( Vec­tor Con­trol) and Health De­part­ment have erected sig­nage at the Lily Pond stat­ing that the area is a health hazard.

Mem­bers of the public have been warned not to fish, bathe, or swim in the pond as the wa­ter is highly con­tam­i­nated.

Sev­eral years ago, the Lily Pond was also gazetted as a health hazard area for a sim­i­lar rea­son.

It is be­lieved the prob­lem re­curred due to poor drainage.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion, lep­tospiro­sis is a bac­te­rial disease that af­fects hu­mans and an­i­mals.

With­out treat­ment, lep­tospiro­sis can lead to kid­ney dam­age, menin­gi­tis, liver fail­ure, res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress, and even death.

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