Via Channel 5 News, excerpt :
" Tonight there are unconfirmed reports that the Ministry of Health has launched an investigation into five deaths, allegedly caused by an infectious bacterial disease known as leptospirosis. Lepto occurs in dogs, rodents and other mammals, but can be transmitted to humans, mainly through the urine or feces of infected animals.
News Five has been able to confirm one death by leptospirosis, which tragically occurred on New Year’s Day. Michael Lewis was a popular traffic officer in Belize City.
He passed away from the disease at just after eight pm on January first, one week after he was admitted to the K.H.M.H. Today, his sister-in-law, Noellee Swift-McField, told News Five that the medical personnel confirmed the cause of death, and also confirmed that Lewis was the fifth case they had treated."