Leptospirosis claims 199 lives since January


Posted at Aug 06 2018 12:03 PM

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Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection caused by contact with rodent urine, has killed 199 people across the country this year, the Department of Health said Monday.

The DOH has recorded a total of 1,968 cases of leptospirosis since January 1, 10 percent of which resulted in death, DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo said a text message to ABS-CBN News.

Of the total number of cases, 97 were tallied between the last week of July until the first week of August, he told radio DZMM.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), he said, was using its gym anew as a temporary leptospirosis ward.

Fever, headache, muscle pain, jaundice, difficulty in peeing and coughing up blood are among the symptoms of leptospirosis, which may emerge up to 30 days after wading in contaminated waters, the DOH earlier said.

Domingo urged those exposed to floodwaters contaminated with rat urine to take anti-leptospirosis antibiotics even if they do not have any open wound.