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Monday, January 9, 2012

Philippines : Mindanao hospitals on alert for leptospirosis

Article from Gulf Times :

" Hospitals in northern Mindanao are preparing for more cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread by rodents, following tropical storm Washi.

“All hospital and clinic staff are on alert,” Jose Llacuna Jr, Department of Health (DoH) assistant regional director for Northern Mindanao, said, citing 314 cases and eight deaths in flood-affected Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan.

The two cities were pummelled by Washi, which struck northern parts of the southern Philippine island from December 16-18, affecting some 1mn people.

More than 1,250 people died in the storm, while some 100 are still missing, the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said; close to 38,000 people are still in 54 evacuation centres in the area."

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