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Health briefs

Wednesday 12 April 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National


Health briefs

No Leptospirosis cases

Cook Islands has not reported any cases of leptospirosis since the last outbreak in 1980-1981.

Te Marae Ora, Ministry for Health secretary Bob Williams says the ministry’s Health Protection Unit has a rat control programme around all ports of entry.

That is the Rarotonga International Airport, Avatiu Wharf and other Ports of Entry in the Pa Enua such as the Arutanga wharf, Taunganui wharf, Yato wharf and Omoka wharf.

Williams said: “The best prevention and control measures for rats and mice for our households is to keep the environment free from rats' infestation including rat baiting, rat trapping and having a cat in the house”.

TMO continue to monitor the regional and global status around Covid-19

Te Marae Ora says they will continue to monitor the regional and global status around COVID-19 ensuring any health risks of concerned are addressed in a timely matter.

The ministry is providing weekly reporting which every Wednesday for any COVID-19 updates. This can be found on the link:

Secretary Bob Williams said: “As we continue to normalise COVID-19, TMO continues to provide health advice when a positive COVID-19 case is reported.”

These advice include; self-isolate up to seven days, practice Public Health Safety measures, wear a mask, physical distance and wash hands.

For those living with a positive COVID-19 case do not have to quarantine, however as a precaution to test daily to minimise spread of the virus.  If the result is negative the person can maintain their normal routine.  However, if the result is positive to also self-isolate up to seven days.

If the case or those living with a positive COVID-19 case require any medical attention then they can call our Tupapa Community Health Clinic and speak with a doctor regarding their health status.