The Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday that 1,713 cases of leptospirosis were recorded from the massive flooding brought about by Habagat that hit the country early last month.
According to DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag, these cases were seen in 20 hospitals in Metro Manila as part of the “Quick Count” being conducted by the agency in the aftermath of Habagat.
The Quick Count, covering Aug. 8 to Sept. 16, showed that 116 of the patients have died.
Massive flooding hit Metro Manila and provinces like Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Pampanga during the first week of August due to Habagat.
The 1,713 Habagat-related cases are parts of the 3,410 cases recorded by the DOH-National Epidemiology Center from Jan. 1 to Aug. 25 nationwide.
“This is 106.54 percent higher compared to the same time period last year (1,651) ….. Most of the cases were from the following regions: NCR (27.51 percent), Region 10 (27.13 percent) and Region 6 (13.9 percent),” a DOH record showed.
The ages of the patients ranged from less than two months to 93 years old. Some 80.9 percent of them were males while 27.8 percent belonged to 21 to 30 years old.
Death toll is 149.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be acquired by getting in contact with floodwater or soil contaminated with the urine of infected animals, particularly rats.
In some cases, an infected individual do not manifest any symptoms at all.