Doxycycline to Prevent Leptospirosis

Noting the urgent need to avert the rising cases of leptospirosis, the Department of Health-Center for Health Development-3 (DOH-CHD-3) will conduct a massive distribution of doxycycline to residents affected by the recent floods.

Dr. Leonita Gorgolon, regional director of the DOH-CHD, said health personnel will visit residents affected by the recent floods and make sure that they get the right medication.

We have to visit residents recently exposed to floods and distribute more antibiotics for them, Gorgolon said.

Doxycycline is an antibiotic that is recommended to fight leptospirosis, a disease caused by infection from rat urine.

Per the DOH guidelines for the administration of doxycycline, each person will be given a 100mg capsule weekly for protection against leptospirosis.

The DOH-CHD-3 said that nine deaths out of the total 225 leptospirosis cases in the region were reported from January to August, an increase of 70 percent compared to the same period last year.

The figures include non-flood and flood-related cases where most of the victims are farmers from Nueva Ecija.

Gorgolon said the DOH-CHD 3 has recorded a total of 75 cases of leptospirosis as a result of the recent massive flooding brought by the southwest monsoon rains.

Leptospirosis symptoms begin from two to 25 days after initial exposure to the urine of rodents.

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