No leptospirosis after floods, CHO exec says

THE CITY Health Office (CHO) yesterday noted no reported cases of leptospirosis following the heavy floods that submerged several villages in recent days.

But Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, the CHO Head, told TIMES yesterday that people should not be complacent. Leptospirosis is a bacteria carried mostly by infected rats through their urine and feces.

“So if a child or a person has a mild wound it will get into so you can now acquire a leptospirosis,” she said. “So if they really need to walk into the water because there is an emergency or what they should wear rain boots, while the parents should not also let their children play or swim in dirty waters.”

The health official said as soon as a person manifests fever after wading through flood, he or she should visit the nearest health center immediately. The infected person can then be given prophylaxis. Barangay health workers will also visit the neighborhood to monitor other cases of leptospirosis to contain the bacteria.

Based on their record from January to August this year, they already noted 27 suspected cases. But they were not confirmed. None of the patients died.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) XI website, signs and symptoms of leptospirosis include fever, muscle pain, reddish eyes or headache.

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