Puerto Rico investigates post-hurricane illness outbreak

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath are being investigated as probable cases of a illness widespread by animals’ urine, Puerto Rico’s administrator pronounced Wednesday amid concerns about islanders’ bearing to infested water.

A sum of 10 people have come down with suspected cases of leptospirosis, Gov. Ricardo Rossello pronounced at a news conference.

On a U.S. domain where a third of business sojourn but using water 3 weeks after the hurricane, some became ill after branch to internal streams to soothe their thirst.

Jorge Antonio Sanyet Morales, a 61-year-old train driver, took a splash from a stream nearby his petrify home on a bank in Canovanas a week after the Sept. 20 storm. He then grown a fever, his skin incited yellow and within a week, he died at a hospital in Carolina, according to his widow, Maritza Rivera.

Dr. Juan Santiago pronounced Sanyet was among 5 patients who came in his emergency hospital last week with identical symptoms after celebration from streams in Canovanas and Loiza.

The water was still not using at Sanyet’s residence this week, but Rivera, pronounced she and her family were celebration only bottled water, including some delivered by the town. Her husband was the only one who drank from the stream, she said.

“He was a crony to everyone,” Rivera said. “I don’t know how I’ll face all but him.”

At slightest 45 deaths in Puerto Rico have been blamed on Hurricane Maria, which tore opposite the island with 150 mph winds. Ninety percent of the island is still but energy and the supervision says it hopes to have electricity easy totally by Mar — still 5 months away.

Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis G. Rivera Marín told CBS News match David Begnaud that officials have been operative to broach freshen water reserve to tools of the island that are tough to strech amid all the damage.

“We’ve been even doing airdrops in communities where we go directly to removed communities where a overpass has been broken by the water,” Marín said. “We’ll keep doing that.”

Begnaud reports drinking water is so scarce in some areas that there are accounts of people trying to daub into wells at dangerous rubbish sites where the water is toxic.

Leptospirosis is not odd in the tropics, quite after complicated rains or floods. Rossello pronounced the symptoms can be confused with those of other illnesses, including dengue, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was assisting to investigate.

Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City pronounced leptospirosis can also impersonate the flu. This can infrequently make it formidable to diagnose in the early stages, which can have lethal consequences.

“If a studious doesn’t redeem after the initial phase, it’s probable to rise kidney or liver failure, as good as meningitis during a some-more dangerous delegate phase,” he said. “It can be deadly in some-more serious or enlarged cases.”

Symptoms can start in as little as two days or as prolonged as 4 weeks after exposure.

Two of the deaths were in Bayamon, and one any in Carolina and Mayaguez. Other patients have been receiving diagnosis with antibiotics.

Rossello pronounced that fliers with instructions on how to freshen water will be sent to mayors for distribution with food supplies in towns opposite Puerto Rico.

“For people that have entrance to internet and have entrance to printers, be good adults and help us discharge this information,” Rossello said.

The Health Department and the U.S. military also will be distributing pills to freshen water, he said.

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