MANILA - Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection caused by contact with rodent urine, has killed 99 people across the country this year, the Department of Health said Thursday.
The DOH has recorded a total of 1,030 cases of leptospirosis between January 1 and June 9, 2018. The figure is half the total number of leptospirosis cases in 2017 pegged at 2,495, DOH records showed.
"Medyo mataas po ang fatality rate ng leptospirosis, halos 10 percent. Sa 1,000 po nating nagkasakit, 99 na po iyung confirmed nating namatay," Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo told ABS-CBN News.
(The fatality rate of leptospirosis is a bit high, almost 10 percent. Out of 1,000 infected, we have confirmed that 99 died.)
Cases of leptospirosis spiked last week, days after floodwaters contaminated with rat urine swamped large parts of the country amid incessant rains, he said.
"Alarming na po ito kasi sunod-sunod na ang cases. Alam po natin na ang history ng ating pagbaha, last week po talaga [ng June]," Domingo said.
(This alarming because the cases have spiked. We know that floods are more common in the last week of June.)
Fever, headache, muscle pain, jaundice, difficulty in peeing and coughing up blood are among the symptoms of leptospirosis, which may emerge up to 30 days after wading in contaminated waters, he said.
Domingo urged those possibly exposed to rat urine to take anti-leptospirosis antibiotics and immediately consult doctors upon experiencing symptoms.