Before booking my trip I had never heard of Leptospirosis...What are the chances of getting it? How is it treated if your unfortunate to get it??
Have you been reading the threads recently posted - is this your concern? I have been to Hawaii many times, but generally avoid fresh water, though I have done a few crossing when hiking. I think chances are slim but it depends on what activities you are planning to do.
Lepto is treated with antibiotics. Most cases are no worse than flu. What are the chances? Well less than being in a car wreck, but according to this article, higher than being bitten by a shark. I would avoid freshwater with cuts or scrapes and keep your head above water.
Lepto is easily treated IF you recognize that you have it. The people who have died from it, it is usually because they don't seek treatment right away. They think they have the flu or some such thing because the symptoms from the disease come on slowly.
The odds of getting it if you don't swim in fresh water are virtually nil.
If you swim in fresh water and have open cuts, skin abrasions, etc. the odds go up.
As a kid I loved swimming in the fresh water pools, diving in off the rocks etc, but I would never do it now.
I've heard that the chances are greater near where they're slaughtering the goats.
jebett - when you have grand-kids with scraped up knees and they jump in the river, you'll worry.......
My kids went into the streams and rivers with scrapped up knees all the time. They are living to tell the story.
Actually what scares me the MOST, is being bitten by a shark that has lepto. Jebett, how did them little kids of your's turn out? ;)
I think the main thing to remember is that if you get home and feel bad - like you have a flu - be sure and let your doctor know that youʻve been somewhere where you may have contracted lepto. Most mainland doctors wouldnʻt think of it as a possibility.