DOH warns of upsurge in dengue, leptospirosis infections amid nonstop rains

DOH warns of upsurge in dengue, leptospirosis infections amid nonstop rains

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) sees spike in the number of dengue and leptospirosis cases following the series of downpours that caused flooding in some areas.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, reported leptospirosis cases have reached 623 from January 1 to July 14 this year with 68 deaths.

While dengue cases rose to 8,223 which is 17% higher than the reported cases in the same period last year.

“This rainy season of the last 2- 3 days, we expect again an upsurge in the number of leptospirosis and dengue cases…It’s always alarming if we have deaths so certainly because we have reported deaths,” Duque said.

The DOH previously declared an outbreak on leptospirosis in 29 villages in Metro Manila. Most of the cases were reported in Quezon City which reached 201.

In order to prevent any increase in the said number and to make the residents aware of the symptoms and prevention of dengue and leptospirosis, Duque made rounds in some flooded villages on Wednesday (July 18).

Secretary Duque reminds the public to seek medical consultation when symptoms appear instead of just taking doxycycline as this may lead to antimicrobial resistance.

“So kung hindi naman nalusong sa baha, wala ring epekto naman. Mahirap lang baka magkaroon pa ng antimicrobial resistance which is something that we would like to avoid.”

Duque further advises the public to seek a doctor’s advice on the correct antibiotic to use because doxycycline is not suitable to be taken by everyone such as pregnant women. – UNTV News and Rescue

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