CHO warns public on diseases brought about by rainy season Print
Saturday, 23 September 2017 15:24

By RG ANTONET GO

The City Health Office is warning local residents to be health conscious and should practice healthy lifestyle especially this rainy season after he noted the considerable increase in cases of respiratory tract infection.

Most prevalent cases are influenza, common colds, and coughing and fever.

Dr. Rodel Agbulos, city health officer, said in an interview that these cases which are currently rising for the past several weeks

“Hence, we need to practice healthy lifestyle, eat the right kind of food, exercise so that our body immune system will be strong,” Dr. Agbulos pointed out to DZT.

He also advised that if a person has already more than a week of cough and fever, he should immediately be brought to a clinic or hospital.

Simple tips given by the city health officer are: maintain personal hygiene, frequent hand washing, eating a well balanced diet, drink more water and fruit juices, avoid getting wet from the rain, do not cross on flooded streets using bare foot or without protective gear, maintain the cleanliness of the environment, and seek immediate consultation when sick.

Meanwhile, Agbulos said that residents should also be careful not to be expose to flood waters especially those that have open wounds as they might catch leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of humans and animals it is caused by Leptospira bacteria that are found in infected animal urine and animal tissues commonly rats. The initial symptoms of Leptospirosis are fever, severe headache, sore muscles, chills, vomiting, and red eyes. The symptoms of Leptospirosis usually develops from five to 14 days.

Leptospira bacteria usually enter the body through skin cuts or abrasions, and occasionally through the lining of the mouth, nose, and eyes. Outbreaks are usually associated with exposure to flood water contaminated with the urine from infected animals.. (R.G. A A. Go)