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Port Antonio lock-up prisoner infected with leptospirosis

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2017 | 6:50 PMGareth Davis

A male prisoner at the Port Antonio police station lock-up has reportedly contracted leptospirosis, which is spread mainly by rats.

It’s reported that the prisoner, who is among 25 persons being held at the lock-up fell ill last week and was rushed to hospital.

Tests conducted by health practitioners at the hospital revealed that the man was infected with the disease.

Since then, a team from the ministry of health has visited the cellblock in Port Antonio and conducted a series of tests on other inmates.

The team also checked the five holding cells, but no trace or evidence of any trail of rats or insect dropping was found.

Health officials are now questioning whether it was food or clothing brought to the prisoner that may have led to him contracting the disease.

The man is being treated at hospital and is reportedly showing signs of recovery.