DOH warns public vs ‘Wild’ diseases

THE Department of Health (DOH) has issued a warning to public against the spread of water-borne diseases, influenza, leptospirosis, and dengue (WILD) this rainy season.

DOH health education and promotion officer Trixia Ponio said these types of sicknesses are common during rainy seasons because of wet or damp surroundings which are the common breeding areas of disease-carriers.

“Usually, we see an increase of dengue cases during rainy season because the water accumulates in tires, bottles and other empty containers. This becomes stagnant and become breeding sites for mosquitoes,” Ponio said.

Aside from dengue, she said the DOH also anticipates a rise in leptospirosis cases during rainy season, especially in perennially-flooded towns like Macabebe and Masantol, and also among farmers.

Ponio added that influenza is among the prevalent rainy day diseases, which is highly contagious.

“Flu usually starts with colds and cough, accompanied by body aches and fever. This can worsen and rapidly spread in crowded communities, especially among those who have weak immune system,” she said.

Another type of disease that we need to watch out for, according to Ponio, are water-borne diseases including cholera and diarrhea.

“These are common among those who are in the evacuation centers or those whose water source becomes contaminated. These can also result from unsanitary food preparations,” Ponio said.

To combat these diseases, the DOH urges the public to keep their immune system strong, eat healthy foods, practice hygienic and sanitary preparation of foods, and avoid contamination of drinking water.

“We should always bring an umbrella to shield us from the rains. We should also avoid floodwater. However, if there is really a need to go outside, be sure to wear boots and other protective gear so that leptospirosis bacteria will not enter our wounds and other openings,” Ponio said.

She added that proper hygiene is also a must. DOH also discourages the public from self-medication and encourages the public to immediately go to the nearest health station when not feeling well.


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