a resident dies of a very rare disease in France, leptospirosis

A resident of Villabon, near Bourges died of leptospirosisin other words rat disease. This 56-year-old man died at the end of September. He had helped clean out a stream a few days earlier, and he was no doubt infected with rat or coypu urine.

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This disease affects about 600 people a year in France, and only 5 to 10% of cases are fatal. Without really knowing why, some patients develop a very severe form. Since 2014, the number of leptospirosis cases has doubled in France, no doubt because the disease is better diagnosed today, especially thanks to PCR tests like for Covid.

Symptoms are like the flu :”We know how to treat it with basic antibiotics specifies doctor Yves Guimard, infectious disease doctor at the Bourges Hospital Center. Amoxicillin in particular is prescribed and it works very well. The problem is that sometimes people have very severe reactions and despite antibiotic treatment they have severe forms. With infectious diseases, we also see it with Covid, some people will show very weak symptoms, and others, on the contrary, within the same family will be severely affected, without anyone really knowing why. . The reaction varies greatly from person to person.

Doctor Yves Guimard, infection specialist at Bourges hospital center.
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Leptospores can reach the lungs, kidneys, infect the heart and the neurological system until sink the patient into a coma. Although serious cases are rare, it is better to protect yourself when you are going in the water and you have wounds: “When the skin has lesions or wounds, these bacteria, leptospores, will take advantage of the skin lesion to invade the body. says Doctor Guimard. It is therefore necessary to be careful and protect yourself well, especially if you have injuries to your legs. I think of fishermen or farmers who sometimes maintain their banks.” Some professionals such as sewer workers, especially in the risk group, are vaccinated against leptospirosis.

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