The Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against wading or swimming in dirty floodwaters to avoid leptospirosis, an infectious bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans.
“Avoid swimming or wading in potentially contaminated waters or floodwaters,” DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee-Suy said on Sunday.
“The public may use proper protection, like boots and gloves, especially if their work requires exposure to contaminated water,” he added.
Lee-Suy said leptospirosis should not be taken lightly as this bacterial infection could be fatal.
Its common signs and symptoms are fever, muscle pain, headache and reddish eyes in some cases.
The DOH spokesperson said that those with open wounds or break in skin should stay in areas where they cannot be exposed to dirty floodwaters.
Those who think they have the disease should immediately consult a doctor to avoid complications, he added.
“They should only take antibiotics prescribed by a doctor in our health facilities,” he added.