PH Leptospirosis Cases Highest in Five Years

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III revealed that more than 1,030 cases and at least 153 leptospirosis deaths have been recorded from January to June of this year. Duque attributes the rise in the number of cases – which is already higher than average over the last five years – to the continuous rains and the improper collection of garbage in barangays.

The cities in Metro Manila that have been recorded to have the most number of leptospirosis cases are Quezon City, Manila, Taguig, Parañaque, Caloocan, Las Piñas, and Pasig.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can be contracted by humans who come in contact with water, soil, or food that has been contaminated with the urine of an infected animal (usually rats). Symptoms include high fever, headache, chills, vomiting, abdominal pain, and red eyes. Duque has urged the public to seek medical attention if they experience any of the symptoms after walking in floodwaters, since leptospirosis can lead to deadly complications such as kidney damage, liver failure, and even death.

To protect yourself against Leptospirosis, avoid wading in floodwaters or if you have to, wear protective footwear and clothing, sanitize your home regularly to avoid the build-up of garbage, and properly store and prepare your food. But just in case, have yourself insured with Medicash Leptospirosis Health Insurance which provides P10,000 medical cash assistance upon diagnosis of Leptospirosis, even without hospital confinement.  It only costs P80 for one year of coverage.  The benefit is paid in lump-sum on top of PhilHealth and/or HMOs (if any).

Head to Insureshop, your nearest Pioneer branch, or any Health Cube Medical Clinic to get yourself covered today. For more details, call 02 750 5433 or email retail@pioneer.com.ph.

 

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Sources:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1012555/doh-153-leptospirosis-deaths-from-january-to-june

https://www.rappler.com/nation/206548-doh-declares-leptospirosis-outbreak

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/07/02/leptospirosis-DOH-duque.html

https://www.philstar.com/the-freeman/cebu-lifestyle/2018/07/16/1833815/threat-leptospirosis

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