According to health officials, 247 cases of leptospirosis have been reported in Central Luzon between January 1 and early September. The number of cases reported during this period represents a 74 percent increase over the same period in 2017. Reports indicate that 128 cases, including three fatalities, were reported between July 1 and August 31 alone. The areas most affected by the outbreak are Bulacan, Pampanga, and Tarlac.
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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