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Lepto cases up 

  • CHO already records 14 deaths, 70 cases from leptospirosis 


THE CITY Health Office (CHO) warned the public against leptospirosis as local cases continue to rise with the onset of the rainy season.

The CHO Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit logged a total of 70 cases and 14 deaths from leptospirosis from Jan. to June 8.

Out of 182 barangays, Bucana topped with 10 cases, followed by Buhangin with six cases and Ma-a with five.

The number of cases increased by 62.8%  compared to 43 cases recorded in the same period last year.

CHO Head Dr. Tomas Miguel Ababon made the pronouncement during the iSpeak Media Forum on Thursday, June 13.

“As much as possible, avoid the flooded streets, but if at any rate you are not able to avoid it, go directly to the health center and get medical attention,” Ababon said.

Ababon said the public should not be complacent as the case fatality rate of the illness is at 20%. 

Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira bacteria found in both wild and domestic animals including rats, dogs, cattle, and pigs. However, it is common in rats as they shed large amounts of leptospirosis in their urine. The urine carried by flood water transfers the bacteria to humans.

Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle pain, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rash.

As per data, 44 out of 70 cases (62.9%) contracted leptospirosis from exposure to flood waters.

The age groups found to have leptospirosis are males aged 20-24 and 40-44 (working age).

Once exposed to floodwaters, the individual is advised to take prophylaxis for leptospirosis to reduce the likelihood of infection.

He stressed there are enough prophylaxis in all health centers in the city that can be accessed for free. However, supply depends on the number of cases.  

CHO urged the barangays to conduct regular clean-up drives such as de-clogging of creeks and canals to stop the proliferation of rodents.


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