Leptospirosis cases up by 200% in Bacolod

Leptospirosis cases up by 200% in Bacolod

Leptospirosis cases in Bacolod City continued to increase as of September 23, which is 200 percent higher compared to the same period last year.

Records from the City Health Office (CHO) showed that from January to September 23, the city had a total of 75 leptospirosis cases, with 14 fatalities.

For the same period last year, there were only 25 cases and five deaths.

Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environment Sanitation Division, said Thursday, October 5, of the 61 villages, Barangays Estefania and Mansilingan have the highest number of cases with six each, followed by Barangays Bata, Banago, Felisa, and Vista Alegre with five cases each; Barangays 35, Taculing, and Singcang-Airport with four cases each; and Barangay Pahanocoy with three cases.

Tan said the 14 fatalities include a 69-year-old male from Barangay Taculing, a 28-year-old male from Barangay Banago, a 16-year-old male from Barangay Handumanan, a 44-year-old male from Barangay Villamonte, a 53-year-old male from Barangay Bata, and a 29-year-old male from Barangay Pahanocoy.

It also includes the 76-year-old male from Barangay Granada, a 35-year-old male from Barangay Singcang-Airport, a 62-year-old female from Barangay 14, a 35-year-old male from Barangay Singcang-Airport, a 20-year-old male from Barangay Tangub, a 32-year-old male from Barangay 14, a 32-year-old male from Barangay Banago, and the 27-year-old male construction worker.

Tan said 70 percent of the victims have declared exposure to or contracted with contaminated water or ground.

She said the most common reasons for complications and death include health seeking behavior and denial of leptospirosis exposure.

She added that they were conducting information dissemination on appropriate garbage management and disposal to prevent the spread of leptospirosis.

Tan urged the public with history of wading or contact with water/ground possibly contaminated with leptospira in rat or animal urine to go to their nearest health center or private medical doctors for prophylaxis as soon as possible.

She also urged the public to segregate and manage their garbage appropriately. Uncovered and unstored food keep rats alive, and garbage is their best breeding ground, as well as keep their environment clean.*


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