AUGUST 20, 2019 — More than 900 cases of leptospirosis have been recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) from January to July this year, most of which are from the National Capital Region (NCR).
The NCR has recorded 307 cases of leptospirosis with 33 deaths.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection cased by the Leptospira spirochetes bacteria. It is usually spread through the urine of infected animals, and transmitted by wading in floodwaters or ingesting contaminated food or water.
Health secretary Francisco Duque III urged local government units to keep their environment clean in order to prevent the disease from proliferating.
“It’s really a problem because the environmental sanitation hygiene do affect the health of our people…Nanawagan po ako sa mga pamahalaang lokal, gawin po natin ang mandato natin,” said Duque.
Meanwhile, the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) has converted its hospital gym into a leptospirosis ward due to a surge in patients. 28 patients are currently confined at the NKTI.
Leptospirosis, when left untreated, can cause kidney damage, brain inflammation, liver failure, and respiratory disease.
Health officials are calling on the public to help victims by donating blood. (Katrina Ventura/JMF)