The Department of Health (DOH) last Thursday declared an outbreak of leptospirosis in 18 barangays in Metro Manila.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by contact with flood water, mud, or food contaminated with the urine of rats, dogs, pigs, cattle, or goats.
Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, headache, muscle pain, eye redness, tea-colored urine, cough, diarrhea, and vomiting.
If left untreated, leptospirosis may cause kidney failure, brain damage, massive internal bleeding, and death.
Health Secretary Franciso Duque has advised the public to avoid flood waters as much as possible and go to the nearest hospital should they show any symptoms.