SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga: Cases of leptospirosis caused by rat’s urine have climbed to 300 in Zambales even as the provincial government is devising measures to reduce carriers of the deadly disease.
Since Monday, October 7, two weeks after the September 23 flooding, a record number of leptospirosis victims began flocking to the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital in Olongapo City where authorities have recorded a total of 296 cases as of Thursday.
The cases have now reached more than 300 in three days.
Gov. Hermogenes “Jun” Eb-dane said the provincial health office, in a coordinated effort with the Provincial Agriculture Office and Provincial Veterinary Office will take steps to eliminate rats that cause the spread of leptospirosis infection through their urine.
“The causes are rats living in the subterranean level, under urban centers, so we have to get rid of these pests,” he added.
“Leptospirosis is practically to be expected when there is flooding, and we don’t have to wait for the floods to come anew to take action. The rats live in subterranean level, under urban centers, we have to get rid of these pests,” the governor added.
Leptospirosis, which is caused by “Infection” with bacteria of the“Genus” “Leptospira ,” transmitted to humans by the urine of an infected animal coming in contact with open wounds, or the eyes and mucous membranes
Eight patients have died from the disease, so far, including one from Subic town.