BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 17 (PIA) - - The Department of Health Cordillera regional office reminds the public to be wary of Leptospirosis with 41 cases already recorded in the region from January to August 4 of this year.
DOH – CAR Nurse V Geeny Anne Austria, in a Kapihan media forum here, disclosed that the cases recorded this year are 32 percent higher compared to the 31 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Austria said 12 of the recorded cases were from outside Cordillera that sought medication in the region. Benguet has eight reported cases, Baguio City and Kalinga have five each; Apayao and Ifugao with four each; Abra has two and Mountain Province with one.
Regardless of where the patients come from, Austria stressed the importance of people to be wary of such disease as there is already laboratory- confirmed among the reported cases.
Most leptospirosis victims are farmers, laborers and construction workers who are exposed to flood or stagnant water contaminated by urine of animal infected by the Leptospirosis bacteria.
With tropical cyclones and monsoon rains threatening the country, she reiterated the health department’s advisory for people to keep away from flood waters.
She also reminded the public to be cautious of food and water borne illnesses, and be vigilant of damaged water source or system that can be compromised or contaminated from rain/flood water that may cause health concern.
Meanwhile, Austria disclosed that Dengue is again on the rise with 2,864 cases recorded from January to August 4 this year. The figure doubled the cases recorded during the same period last year. Though the strong rains in the past days may have washed possible mosquito breeding sites, the public must still ensure to clean stagnant waters in their surroundings, she advised.
No mosquito means no Dengue or other vector -related illnesses, she added. (PIA CAR)