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Leptospirosis Cases Surge in Flooded Davao Region, Prompting Concern

Leptospirosis

Flood victims in the Davao region are expressing increasing concern as cases of leptospirosis have risen significantly, according to the Department of Health-Davao (DOH-11). Leptospirosis cases in the region have surged in January 2024 compared to the same period the previous year, raising alarms among local authorities and health officials.

Rising Cases

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According to GMA Regional TV News, from January 1 to 27, the DOH-11 has recorded 34 cases of leptospirosis, resulting in two fatalities. This marks a 48 percent increase compared to the 23 cases reported in the same period in 2023. The provinces of Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte have reported the highest number of cases. Both of which have severely affected by recent flooding and landslides.

Leptospirosis is caused by a bacterium called leptospira, which can be found in the secretions of infected animals. When an animal becomes infected, and then comes into contact with humans, it can transmit leptospirosis to people. This disease is of particular concern during periods of heavy rainfall and flooding.

Symptoms and Precautions

Leptospirosis can manifest with mild symptoms such as body pain, fever, and headache, or progress to more severe symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. Health experts are advising the public not to wade through floodwaters, especially if they have open wounds. Protective gear such as boots, gloves, and suits should be worn when possible. Individuals who have had contact with floodwaters are encourage to obtain anti-leptospirosis medicines from local health centers.

The DOH-11 has been distributing free medicines to health centers, especially in areas affected by flooding. Over 7,000 doses of medicine have been provided to various provinces, including Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, and Davao de Oro, to ensure access to preventive treatment for leptospirosis.

The surge in leptospirosis cases in the flooded Davao region is a cause for concern among health authorities. Public awareness and preventive measures, such as avoiding contact with floodwaters and using protective gear, are crucial in reducing the risk of infection. Additionally, the distribution of anti-leptospirosis medicines is being carry out to address the growing health threat.

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