DOH-Calabarzon RD reminds residents of water-borne diseases; warns people from wading flood waters

DOH-Calabarzon RD reminds residents of water-borne diseases; warns people from wading flood waters

Children playing and having fun during a heavy rain unmindful of the dangers in playing in flood waters that could be contaminated with urine of infected rats that causes leptospirosis. Photo by Thomas Tham   

By Glen Ramos / Benjamin Cuaresma

Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo on Friday strongly warned residents not to wade through flood waters to avoid getting leptospirosis disease.

“The recent spate of typhoons has brought massive flooding in low lying communities of the region and everyone should be cautious in threading these waters as it may be contaminated with Leptospira bacteria from the urine of infected rats,” Janairo said.

“Sa mga magulang, bantayan po natin ang ating mga anak at huwag po natin silang pababayang maglaro o magtampisaw sa baha lalo na ngayon at me banta ng leptospirosis sa ating lugar.”

“Kung kinakailangang lumabas ng bahay upang bumili ng pagkain o gamot, siguraduhin po natin na tayo ay may suot na bota o guwantes at importante sa lahat siguraduhin natin na wala kayong mga sugat sa parte ng inyong katawan na maaaring mabasa at mapasukan ng mikrobyo,” he reminded.

Leptospirosis is endemic during the rainy season. Among its symptoms include high fever, muscle pain, eye redness, chills, severe headache, and yellowish skin discoloration.

“Kung kayo ay lumusong sa baha at nakakarananas ng isa sa simptomas, magpakunsulta agad sa pinakamalapit na health center upang masiguro ang inyong kaligtasan sa anumang sakit,” Janairo stressed.

“Huwag po nating balewalain ang sakit na leptospirosis dahil maari itong lumala at magdulot ng malubhang komplikasyon at inyong ikamatay,” Janairo added. (ia) 

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