Leptospirosis outbreak declared in CDO

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 02 2012 08:36 PM | Updated as of Jan 03 2012 04:36 AM

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines - A leptospirosis outbreak has been declared in Cagayan de Oro after 200 people were diagnosed to have the disease.

Two of the victims, Wildon Bacan and Raffy Chavez, have been confined at the hospital for 4 days due to leptospirosis.

The 2 survived the floods in Barangay Bulalang in Cagayan de Oro but they could not escape the disease, which is transmitted through floodwaters contaminated by urine from rats and other animals.

"I had a fever after 2 days. The fever goes away and comes back. I had a headache and I vomited," Bacan said.

The Cagayan de Oro City Health Office has already recorded 200 cases of leptospirosis infection, with 5 deaths.

Dr. Jaime Bernadas, regional director of the Department of Health (DOH), said 99% of the patients failed to get enough medicine.

The disease has an incubation period of 5 to 21 days.

The DOH, which declared the outbreak, fears the number of cases could still rise in the coming days. - report from Mylene Sison, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao; ANC