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Lepto warning from Rentokil chief

LEANNE TASHER, [email protected]

Lepto warning from Rentokil chief

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CUT OUT THE dirty habits that could lead to leptospirosis, general manager of Rentokil, Trevor de Silvia, has advised.

He was reacting to Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George’s recent warning that not enough attention was being paid to the infectious bacterial disease and that it was largely under-reported in the Caribbean.

De Silvia said the risk of contraction signalled a need for greater caution, adding that Barbadians needed to curb practices like illegal dumping.

“Barbadians need to be more vigilant in light of the fact that not only can leptospirosis be fatal, but rodent activity will increase as a direct result of the recent increasingly indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorised locations, particularly since 2015, which not only offers sustenance, if food related, but also safe harbourage [or shelter] in the form of items such as fridges,” he said.

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