It has been reported that authorities are grappling with Thailand's worst flooding in decades and are now facing the potential spread of disease as contaminated waters spread deeper into Bangkok. One of the key problems flood victims are facing is Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection often spread through rat urine. Although rare, the disease can spread when humans drink water or eat food contaminated by infected animal urine, or absorb it through skin cuts or open wounds.
Diarrhoea is also a major concern. The water is polluted in many parts and with no adequate toilet facilities risk of disease is high. This risk will only continue as floodwaters recede in the coming weeks, leaving standing water behind.
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