CHO: Increase in leptospirosis cases noted

THE recent floods spawned by days of monsoon rains and high tide were blamed for the continuing rise in leptospirosis cases in Dagupan, the City Health Office (CHO) reported.

A report of City Health Officer Ophelia Rivera showed there were 51 cases of leptospirosis recorded since January 1 this year to date, as compared to 45 last year.

Leptospirosis is a disease contracted when leptospira bacteria enters the body of a person through an open wound usually when wading through floodwaters polluted by the urine and excreta of rats.

Rivera advised residents to wear water boots as a protection when walking through floodwaters.

Symptoms of leptospirosis include fever, muscle pains and yellowing of the eyes and skin.

She advised persons with the symptoms to immediately seek help from health professionals. (Leonardo Micua) 

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