Leptospirosis cases rise by 60% in NCR - DOH



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The Department of Health (DOH) just gave an update on Monday that cases of leptospirosis has spike to 60 percent in the National Capital Region (NCR) areas.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that a total of 234 leptospirosis cases were recorded compared to last year’s data with only 146 cases, covering January 1 to June 29.

Duque made the statement during a press briefing held at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

He said that Quezon City topped the list with a total cases of 87, followed by Manila with 25 cases, Taguig with 20, Caloocan and Parañaque with 18 each, Makati with 11, Las Piñas and Pasig City with 10 each.

Furthermore, out of the 234 cases, 38 of it led to d3aths, 22 of which were from Quezon City.

As of July 2, 2018, 22 cases of leptospirosis were recorded in San Lazaro hospital.

Duque explained that the due to high population, relatively, there will be number of cases as well.

"Dahil mataas, (Because of high population) you expect that, relatively, (there will be) high number of leptospirosis cases," he said.

Duque pointed out that when there is inefficient garbage collection, the rats are more likely to roam around and spread the leptospirae virus through its urine which contaminates flood water, the more chances that people gets the disease.

Among the symptoms that everyone must be aware of include headache, fever, vomiting and redness of the eyes.

Duque reminded that those who might have the symptoms should immediately consult a physician.

"The fact that there were deaths is already a cause for alarm. But ang nakakalungkot nga dito (what is disheartening is), this is a preventable disease," Duque said

Meanwhile, the Health secretary called on the local chief executives to level up their efforts in lowering the number of cases.

Source: PNA

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