Leptospirosis deaths rise to 11 in Iloilo

Leptospirosis cases in the province of Iloilo went up by 214 percent, data from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) showed.

PHO recorded a total of 138 leptospirosis cases, including 11 deaths, from Jan. to Oct.6 this year.

The number was way higher than last year’s 44 cases with 5 deaths.

Those who died of leptospirosis this year were from Oton (3), Alimodian (2), Santa Barbara (2), Lambunao (1), Dumangas (1), Concepcion (1), and Cabatuan (1).

PHO’s Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares Quiñon said most of the leptospirosis patients in the province were farmers aged between 21 to 30.

Leptospiros is a “bacterial disease caused by exposure to water or soil contaminated by urine of infected animals.” It can lead to potentially fatal infections of the kidney, liver, brain, lung or heart.

The most common way humans contract leptospirosis is through cuts and abrasions on the skin.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, muscle pain, headache, reddish eyes, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, and rashes.IMT