Parents have been advised to keep their children away from stagnant ponds and drains to prevent them from contracting water borne diseases like leptospirosis.

According to the Borneo Post, private medical practitioner Dr Hu Chang Hock gave such advice while stating that those down with flu-like symptoms should seek immediate treatment.

A confirmed leptospirosis case at Tiong Hua Road in Sibu was confirmed recently with the State Health Department carrying out decontamination on drains tested positive for leptospira.

Leptospirosis is a rare and severe bacterial infection that occurs when people are exposed to certain environments. Symptoms can take 2 – 26 days (average 10 days) to develop, and may include cough, fever, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and shaking chills.