Marikina hailed for ‘zero leptospirosis case’


MAYOR Del De Guzman of Marikina City on Tuesday lauded the prompt action of the city health office in order to keep leptospirosis at bay after the recent onslaught of southwest monsoon in the city.

De Guzman said the city has recorded zero leptospirosis case.

“We consider this a success since riverside communities in seven of the 16 barangays of the city were submerged by flood water when Marikina was hit by Habagat yet we managed to keep our city leptospirosis-free,” De Guzman said.

“We attribute this to the prompt action of the CHO that immediately distributed Doxycycline prophylaxis in the evacuation centers as well as informational flyers about the said disease,” the mayor added.

He said the city health office distributed Doxycycline prophilaxis to 2,436 individuals from August 21 to August 30.

Leptospirosis is a disease [bacterial infection]that affects the kidney and causes death when not immediately treated. It can easily be acquired by wading through floodwaters contaminated by rat urine that carries the bacteria.

In 2009, the Department of Health declared outbreaks of the disease in Tumana, Concepcion I, and Malanday in Marikina City. NEIL A. ALCOBER


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