Leptospirosis in the Philippines


November 8, 2013 – The Philippines has been devastated by a super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), never been recorded in the world’s history not until its landfall struck over the pearl of the orient seas.

Leptospirosis in the Philippines especially in the Eastern Visayas region has been greatly hit by this calamity, most particularly in Leyte. Many lives have been shattered and the whole world is saddened by the tragedy.

Even though there are lives that have been saved, victims still could not get over those dangers of having serious health conditions particularly from flood borne illnesses and one commonly known is the leptospirosis.

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Leptospirosis is a flood borne disease and a bacterial infection caused by a strain of leptospira. People that are greatly affected with it are those having a wound or an open cut on skin that is in contact with water contaminated with animal’s urine, specifically from rats. This condition is very rampant in the Philippines especially when there is frequent flooding. Victims may have clinical manifestations of high fever, chills, nausea, headache, skin and muscle pain, poor appetite, red and irritated eyes.

Just recently (Nov. 27,2013), a report from the Department of Health (DOH) states that there are 2 cases of death caused by leptospirosis and 13 are suspected cases from typhoon Yolanda. See link http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2013/11/haiyanyolanda-doh-8-reports-deaths-due-to-leptospirosis-tetanus.html

At present, there are operating medical centers with health care providers in the affected areas of typhoon Yolanda. All of them assist and help the flood victims fight against the serious medical conditions that might occur from their very high risk state.

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