SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The local Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Antique reminded the public against leptospirosis and other water-borne diseases as rainy season draws near.
According to the IPHO Infectious, Environmental, and Occupational Cluster Head, Sheere Vego, three cases of leptospirosis have been reported since the start of 2019, resulting in one death.
“The IPHO is urging the local government units to purchase Rapid Diagnostic Test kit for leptospirosis for early detection,” Vego said, adding that early detection is vital so that the infection is treated before it reaches the critical stage.
Leptospirosis, commonly spread by rodent urine, is a bacterial infection that enters the system through small cuts and wounds in the skin or through the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and muscle aches. However, some infected individuals may present zero symptoms. Without treatment, Leptospirosis can lead to multiple organ failure, meningitis, respiratory distress, and death.
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