DOH records sharp rise in leptospirosis cases-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
LEPTOSPIROSIS cases sharply increased in Metro Manila weeks after floods from the enhanced monsoon rain swamped the capital and other areas in Luzon.
Based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH), from August 23 to September 5, there were 241 cases of leptospirosis recorded in various Metro Manila hospitals.
The figure is almost double from the total number of leptospirosis cases recorded by the DOH from January 1 to August 17, which only saw 143 patients.
The figure affirmed the expectations of health officials, who warned the people against wading in floodwaters as it could result to them acquiring the leptospira bacteria.
Last August 18 to 22, Metro Manila and other nearby provinces were battered by torrential rains brought by tropical storm Maring-enhanced southwest monsoon, which resulted in massive flooding.
For its part, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila had expressed alarm over the increase of leptospirosis patients being admitted since August 31.
A total of 33 cases have been admitted at the PGH since August 31, seven of them fatal.
Dr. Kristin Luzentales, PGH Chief Fellow of Section of Adult Nephrology, said the University of the Philippines-Manila described the increase rates of admissions as "alarming."
Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by the Leptospira bacteria found in rats' urine, normally present in flood waters.
PGH nephrologist Dr. Rey Tan said signs of leptospirosis may include myalgia, calf tenderness, conjunctival suffusion, chills, abdominal pain, headache, jaundice, or oliguria. (HDT/JK/Sunnex)