|06GEORGETOWN122||2006-02-03 18:37:00||UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY||Embassy Georgetown|
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UNCLAS GEORGETOWN 000122
1. Leptospirosis is considered endemic in Guyana. In January
2005 during catastrophic flooding Guyana experienced an
outbreak of the disease far above baseline levels with 65
laboratory -confirmed cases and more than 200 additional
2. Increasing numbers of cases clinically consistent with
leptospirosis have been reported in Guyana since Nov 2005.
Rapid testing is available in country but is not utilized
for all cases and no validation testing has been performed.
Current case estimates according to the Ministry of Health
Suspected cases: 63
Confirmed cases: 18
Deaths: 2 confirmed, 6 additional suspected
3. Surveillance numbers are not consistent with those
reported by clinical facilities, and the Director of Disease
Control has requested assistance in clarifying these issues.
4. At the request of the Minister of Health, CDC is sending
a technical team to assist in investigation and response to
this new cluster of cases. The team will include Dr. Eric
Stern, medical epidemiologist and Epidemic Intelligence
Service Officer and Renee Galloway, laboratory specialist,
Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch, CDC. They arrived
in country Thursday Feb 2nd and anticipate a 2-3 week stay.
Their work will be facilitated by the CDC GAP Guyana Office.
5. They will initially assess clinical, laboratory, and
public health responses to the situation and assist the
government of Guyana in handling this outbreak and
establishing a system for response to leptospirosis
outbreaks in the future, as this will likely be a long-term
issue in Guyana.