DOH raises alarm on leptospirosis cases

Posted at 08/10/2012 6:23 PM | Updated as of 08/10/2012 10:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is on alert for a possible surge in Leptospirosis cases following excessive flooding this week.

As of July 28, there are 2,213 recorded cases of Leptospirosis, 87% higher than the cases in the same period last year.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is spread through the urine of infected animals including rats.

Assistant Health Secretary Eric Tayag said hospitals may be ill-equipped to handle serious cases.

"In our assessment, our hospitals may not be able to handle serious cases of Leptospirosis. A great deal of them would require dialysis. Our dialysis equipment are being used by those who have diabtes, complications for hypertension. We don’t have a dedicated dialysis center," Tayag told ANC.

"We have the WHO (World Health Organization) on standby, and if this becomes worse we can have international assistance," he added.

Tayag said health officials continue to assess the situation of evacuees amid the threat of possible surge in cases of colds, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infection.

The DOH is also distributing antibiotics in areas hit by floods. – with ANC