DOH ISSUES guidelines on leptospirosis

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With the landfall of Typhoon Kabayan in Northern Luzon, the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday issued guidelines on leptospirosis in case of floods.

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DOH Secretary Janette Loreto Garin advised the public not to wade in flooded waters, especially if one has an open wound, and to wear protective footwear to prevent leptospirosis.

Garin also noted that farmers are more prone to this disease because of the large rats inhabiting farms and plantations. She said they should take two tablets of doxicy-cline if floodwaters enter the farming area.

Meanwhile, in the urban areas where rodents can be found in garbage, she reminded the public to maintain cleanliness as a means of preventing the spread of infection.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that originates from animals like rats and other vermin, which is often contracted during typhoons. Symptoms of the disease include fever, body pain, redness of the eyes, and complications in major organs.

The DOH previously advised the public to take an antibiotic or prophylaxic after coming into contact with floods in case of suspected leptospirosis.

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