InterAksyon.com, citing information from the Department of Health (DOH), reports that there have already been 1,728 leptospirosis cases reported this year. This covers the period from January 1 to May 26. The report pointed out the 211.35-percent from the 555 cases reported during the same period last year.
The report noted that in this year’s cases, 868 were from Region 10 (only seven in 2011) and 6,333 cases in Region 6 (only 143 in 2011). The DOH advisory warned that "persons who might be afflicted by leptospirosis are those living in flooded areas, those who recently waded or swam in flood waters, have had high fever for two to three days; fever was accompanied by body pains, chills, headaches, and red eyes (like sore eyes); jaundice (yellowing of the skin); decreased levels of urination, and urine was tea-colored (a dark amber color)." The DOH added that leptospirosis symptoms "occur 10 days after a person first wades in flood waters, wet soil or vegetation." If untreated, it leptospirosis can lead to renal or liver failure and even cardiovascular complications.
The report explained that "leptospirosis is an infection caused by direct exposure to bacteria found in animal urine and feces."
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