CHO warns public vs leptospirosis PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 September 2011 17:53

The City Health Office has warned the public against a floodwater-borne disease that has already affected 20 people, claiming 3 lives since January of this year.
Medically known as Leptospirosis, this bacterial infection is the same “mysterious disease” that killed 3 persons and hospitalized 19 others in Sibuco last July.
In the City, the fatalities were from Barangays Labuan, Recodo and San Jose, although Limpapa has the highest number of cases at 4.

According to City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos, leptospirosis can develop kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, and respiratory distress on its critical stage.

If not treated early, it can cause death.
Agbulos said the disease can be acquired through exposures to water contaminated with the urine of animals infected with bacteria of the genus Leptospira. Although rodents are the most known carriers, cattle, pigs, horses, dogs, and wild animals can also be the source of the bacteria if infected.

A certain instance in Abra was found out to have been infected by an edible snail or kuhol. Just this month, a male patient from Sibuco died due to the disease while under medication here at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

It has been observed that the patient was experiencing muscle pain in the calf area accompanied by ascending paralysis, affecting the upper portion of his body.
Often referred as an “occupational disease” since it usually victimizes persons whose work requires exposure and contact to animals and wet environment like farmers, sewer workers, veterinarians, fish workers, dairy farmers, or military personnel, bacteria can be transmitted to a person or animals through mucosal surfaces, such as the eyes or nose, or with broken skin like wounds.

At the initial stage, the patient may exhibit symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, chills, muscle aches (specifically the calve area), and vomiting, and may include jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or a rash.

Although the disease is far from the epidemic proportion, Agublos is advising the public to be cautious especially during rainy seasons. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO