Leptospirosis outbreak feared in Mindanao

Posted at 01/22/2014 2:43 AM

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Barangay health workers have distributed medicines for leptospirosis in different evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro, but more may be needed, according to the Department of Health.

Authorities expressed fear there may be a rise in leptospirosis cases in flood-affected areas, as some 9,000 residents from Cagayan de Oro alone are affected by flooding.

Meanwhile, thousands have fled to Butuan City after the Agusan River overflowed Tuesday due to three days of incessant rains spawned by Tropical Depression Agaton.

Some 16,000 residents are now housed in different evacuation centers in Butuan City, with one classroom accommodating as much as 15 families or more than 20 individuals.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard conducted operations in Barangay Mahogany in Butuan City to rescue residents who have been trapped in the area for two days.

Some residents, however, refused to leave their homes, reports said.

Classes in all levels remain suspended in Butuan City, but work suspension has been lifted as floodwaters have started to abate. -- Reports from Charmane Awitan, ABS-CBN News Caraga