A suspected outbreak of leptospirosis, which is being blamed for five of their colleagues suddenly falling ill, has forced police personnel operating out the old Area One headquarters in Montego Bay to vacate the building, where rats have taken charge.
Lennox Wallace, Chief Public Health Inspector for St. James said his department immediately began setting rat baits.
While he did not order the building closed, the officers, out of concern for their health, have chosen to vacate their offices and work outside on the verandah and in the yard.
When media sources visited the location yesterday, the officers assigned to the Area One Accident Reconstruction Unit, the Fraud Squad, the Human Resource Department, and the Community Safety and Security departments, which are located at that building, were seen outside carrying out their various functions.
The building, which is predominantly constructed out of wood, was built in 1901, but despite its age, except for the rat infestation, is in a fairly good condition.