Philippines: Leptospirosis deaths up more than 100% in 2022


by NewsDesk Lord, save her

The death toll from the bacterial infection, leptospirosis, stood at 370 as of the end of October this year. This is a 108 percent increase in deaths compared to the same period in 2021 when 178 deaths were reported.

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Total leptospirosis cases rose 68 percent nationally with health officials reporting 2,794 cases compared to 1,661 last year.

The Philippines saw more than 13 percent die.

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Metro Manila has reported the most cases and deaths, with a total of 664 cases and 75 deaths.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease. People (and animals) can become infected when they are exposed to the urine of infected animals. They can also become infected from water, soil, or food contaminated with infected animal urine. Leptospirosis bacteria can enter the body through the skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth).

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To reduce your individual risk, it is important to understand that exposure to animals, soil, mud, and flood waters during work or recreational activities increases your risk of infection.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), red eyes, and a rash. Without treatment, leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, shortness of breath, and even death.

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