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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Leptospirosis cases up in Capiz

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ROXAS City – Cases of leptospirosis in Capiz went up drastically in the first seven months of the year.

From only three cases in 2017, the number rose to 34 so far this year, data from the Capiz Epidemiological Surveillance and Response Unit showed.

Of the 34 cases, seven led to death.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects both humans and animals, according to the World Health Organization.

Humans become infected through direct contact with the urine of infected animals or with a urine-contaminated environment, like flooded areas.

Early this month, heavy downpours brought about by the enhanced southwest monsoon hit some areas in Western Visayas, including Capiz.

The leptospirosis bacteria enter the body through cuts or abrasions on the skin, or through the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes, WHO added.

In the early stages of the disease, symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, chills, redness of the eyes, abdominal pain, jaundice, hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes, vomiting, diarrhea, and rashes.(PN/Glenn Beup)

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