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Leptospirosis kills 8 in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD CITY: The dreaded leptospirosis has killed eight people in Negros Occidental in the first half of 2018 records from the Provincial Health Office (PHO)-Negros Occidental Health Surveillance System showed.

In Bacolod City, one death was reported this year.

The PHO report which covers January 1 to June 16 recorded one death each in Cadiz City, Kabankalan City, La Castellana, Manapla, Moises Padilla, Silay City, Sipalay City, and Victorias City.


It also recorded 85 leptospirosis cases in Negros Occidental this year, with the towns of Enrique B. Magalona and Manapla having the most number of cases at 10 each.

Other cities and municipalities in the province that have leptospirosis cases are Cadiz City and Silay City – 7; Bago City – 5; Murcia, Salvador Benedicto and Talisay City – 4; Himamaylan City, La Castellana, Sagay City, and Toboso – 3; Binalbagan, Cauayan, Kabankalan City, La Carlota City, Moises Padilla, Pontevedra, San Carlos City, Sipalay City and Victorias City – 2; and Escalante City, Hinigaran and Ilog – 1.


The Department of Health (DoH) last week revealed that a total of 1,040 cases have been recorded nationwide with 99 people reportedly died. It was not immediately known if the fatalities in Negros Occidental were included in the report. Of the reported number of death, 38 were from Metro Manila.

The DoH declared an outbreak of leptospirosis in some areas of Metro Manila last week after the rise of incidence with at least 234 cases reported since January, higher than 146 cases recorded in the same period last year.

Leptospirosis is an infection caused by the “entry of leptospira bacteria through wounds when in contact with flood waters, vegetation and moist soil contaminated with urine from infected animals, especially from rats.”



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