Prophylaxis can't stop leptospirosis, DOH warns-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
PROPHYLAXIS, a type of preventive antibiotic, is not enough defense for the body against leptospirosis, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
DOH cautioned individuals affected by the flooding last week who are contented with just taking doxycycline capsules to prevent leptospirosis.
According to DOH, prophylaxis can only control the infection brought by the Leptospira spirochete bacteria at a minimal or manageable level.
"Ito ay walang guarantee na hindi na magkakaroon ng leptospirosis. Hindi ibig sabihin kapag uminom nito ay ligtas na kayo," said DOH spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag.
"Hindi po 'yan gamot sa leptospirosis," he stressed.
The health official noted how many of those that waded or swam in the flood rely only on the free capsules the government distributed while others are now taking it daily.
"Kapag nilagnat kayo, balewalain ninyo na ang nainom ninyo na doxycycline… pumunta na kayo sa hospital," said Tayag.
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by Leptospira spirochete bacteria acquired when coming in contact with flood water contaminated by urine of animals such as rats, dogs, goats, and swine.
Its symptoms include fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches, abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea, diarrhea, and rashes.
Over the weekend, DOH said they are already expecting the emergence of leptospirosis cases among those that were affected by the flooding in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces last week.
In turn, the DOH is gearing on the deluge of leptospirosis cases as Health Secretary Enrique Ona directed the fast tracking of the reporting of leptospirosis cases.
"We must prevent the occurrence of an outbreak of these deadly diseases that is why reporting of suspected cases is a must," said the official.
Ona said having immediate information on leptospirosis would help the DOH in instantly sending logistic and manpower support to avert any disease outbreaks. (HDT/Sunnex)