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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Philippines : Leptospirosis cases up by 194.8%

Via Phil Star :

" The Department of Health (DOH) disclosed today that leptospirosis infection in the country has risen by 194.8 percent, the state media reported today.

From January to September this year, the DOH recorded at least 2,061 cases of leptospirosis with 156 casualties. The number is higher compared to 699 cases on the same period this year.

Most of the cases came from Western Visayas (824 cases), National Capital Region (411), Central Luzon (166), and Davao (131).

The signs and symptoms of leptospirosis include fever, chills, and intense headache. These appear within four to 14 days after exposure to contaminated flood waters or even mud."

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