Leptospirosis cases drop 166 percent

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III expressed hope that there would not be a spike in leptospirosis cases, which is common during rainy season, like last year.

20.8.2019

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III expressed hope that there would not be a spike in leptospirosis cases, which is common during rainy season, like last year.

The number of leptospirosis cases nationwide dropped by more than 160 percent, but the Department of Health reminded the local government units to properly collect and dispose solid waste to stop bacteria-carrying animals from spreading the disease.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III expressed hope that there would not be a spike in leptospirosis cases, which is common during rainy season, like last year.

"We are calling on local governments to make sure that garbage is regularly and efficiently collected and not be left in the open for dogs, cats to scour them or rats to urinate there. Once this happens and there is flooding, as we all know, that is the number one cause of leptospirosis: contaminated flood water," said Duque.

He also asked the national government to"ensure that flood waters are drained, especially if there is accumulation of stagnant water."

Read more: CNN Philippines

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