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Surigao City leptospirosis toll: 2 dead, 8 sick


Leptospirosis risk increases after heavy rain and flooding, health officials said. Contributed photo

An outbreak of a deadly water-borne disease has claimed at least two lives in the flood-stricken areas of Surigao City, a local health official said.

Garospe Menor, coordinator of Communicable Disease Cluster of Surigao City Health Office said that there were 10 cases of leptospirosis recorded so far in areas that were inundated by floods brought by Typhoon “Basyang” last month.

Of the 10 cases of leptospirosis monitored by health authorities, two infected people died from the illness, who both came from Barangay San Juan, Menor said.

Leptospirosis is an infection commonly transmitted to humans from water contaminated by animal urine, usually rats, and comes in contact with cuts or wounds, eyes or with the mucous membranes.

Early symptoms of leptospirosis include fever, chills and severe headache,.

In anticipation of a possible surge of leptospirosis cases in the city, Menor urged those who wade in flooded areas not to ignore early symptoms, or self-medicate, and seek professional treatment instead .

The city health department has distributed an antibiotic, to prevent the spread of the disease, she said. By CLC


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