Quezon City ‘lepto’ cases increasing

The local government of Quezon City recently reported that the number of leptospirosis cases in the city has increased by 108.27 percent from 1 January to 7 October this year compared to the same period last year.

According to the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, it recorded 277 leptospirosis cases from 1 January to 7 October 2023.

It added that District 2 had the most number of cases at 72. District 5, meanwhile, had the lowest number of cases at 28.

Meanwhile, 33 leptospirosis cases in the city led to death.

Those with symptoms of leptospirosis were advised to immediately go to the nearest health center or hospital for proper medical attention.

Leptospirosis is a possibly fatal bacterial disease that affects human and animals alike. It is caused by spiral shaped bacteria of the genus Leptospira. It spreads through the urine of affected animals and is prevalent in fresh water, soil and mud.

Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice, red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rash. Some infected persons however, may have no symptoms at all.

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