With the onset of rainy season, DOH warns public of leptospirosis

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As the rainy season starts, the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday warned the public about walking on flood especially those with wounds or cuts on their skin as they would be prone to infections like the dreaded leptospirosis.

“Pero importante avoid to wade or maglakad sa baha lalo na pag may sugat (It is important that they will not wade or walk in the floods especially if they have skin abrasion or cuts)," DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo said in an interview.

Domingo said that wounds or any body opening like our nose, eyes, mouths and ears can become an entry point of bacteria called leptospirae.

"So it is important that a person will check if the parts of their body were exposed to floodwater," Domingo said.

The DOH official reminded the public to seek for immediate medical consultation in case their wounds were soaked in dirty flood water.

Everyone must also be aware of some signs or symptoms of leptospirosis such as high fever, muscle pain, eye redness, chills, severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea, or yellowish skin discoloration.

The leptospira spirochetes bacteria is spread through the urine of infected animals, especially rats.

Source: PNA

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