According to health officials, 1227 cases of leptospirosis, including at least 100 fatal cases, have been reported in the Manila metropolitan area between January 1 and August 23. The number of cases reported during this period represents a 358 percent increase over the same period in 2017. The areas most affected by the outbreak are Quezon City, Taguig, Paranaque, and Pasig.
Leptospirosis, also called Weil's disease, is a bacterial disease spread via the urine of infected animals. Known carriers include rodents, cattle, pigs, and dogs. Symptoms of the illness include fever, nausea, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. If left untreated, leptospirosis can result in death.
Individuals present in the affected area are advised to avoid all contact with animals (especially rodents), and to refrain from swimming or wading in water that may have been contaminated by animal urine. Individuals who believe they may have contracted leptospirosis should seek immediate medical attention.
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