DOH: Leptospirosis, not only found in floodwaters

Leptospirosis cases usually peak during the rainy season. But experts warn, aside from contaminated floodwaters, you can also get this disease from mud.
Date Posted: Aug 4, 2016

The department of health is warning the public of the rise of Leptospirosis cases this rainy season. They said Leptospirosis, along with Influenza, Dengue and waterborne diseases, peak during this time.

Leptospirosis in particular, can be dangerous.

In a study conducted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine-National Institute of Health, there are an estimated 1 million cases of leptospirosis annually and about 59,000 die, worldwide. 

The disease can be contracted after being exposed to water contaminated by urine of rodents. 

“‘Yung mga daga ang nagtataglay ng mga mikrobyo nito. ‘Pag ‘yung ihi nila ay sumama sa tubig-baha at tayo naman ay naglakad doon tapos may sugat pa tayo ay doon pumapasok ang mikrobyo,” DOH spokesperson Asec. Eric Tayag, said. 

But aside from this, Tayag says you can also get the disease from mud.

John-John Fiecas recalls his experience when he got the disease after wading through floodwaters after a storm.

“Una, nilagnat ako mga three days tapos nagsuka na ko no’n. Parang nag-50/50 na ‘yung buhay ko no’n,” Fiecas recalled. 

Symptoms include fever, redness in the eyes, yellowish skin and unusually dark or brown urine. If any of these symptoms appear, Tayag says it's important to get medical assistance to avoid it from worsening to more severe infections such as sepsis, meningitis, kidney failure or worse, death. 

Gerald Belandres, a doctor on general occupational-medicine, meanwhile recommends using soap with antibacterial properties to fight off germs and infection.