Baguio City, Philippines – Leptospirosis, a rare bacterial infection commonly spread by rat urine, has claimed the lives of at least five persons in Baguio City.
The City Health Services Office, through Public Information Office, said the fatalities were among the 45 people affected by the disease from Jan. 01 to Sept. 22, 2023.
Identities of the victims have not been released but most of them are from Barangay Irisan with 11; Bakakeng Central, Asin Road, Lourdes Subdivision Extension with three cases each; Cabinet Hill-Teacher's Camp, Fairview Village, Gabriela Silang with two cases apiece; and Aurora Hill Proper, Gibraltar and Santo Tomas Proper with one case each.
Victims’ age ranges from 1 year old to 85 years old, with a median age of 42.
In line with this, City Mayor Benjamin Magalong cautioned the residents to adhere to sanitation standards, ensure pest control and keep their surroundings clean.
Earlier, Magalong expressed his plans on relaunching the rat-catching challenge in the city to control rat population and prevent the spread of leptospirosis, which is rife during wet season.
The community members are advised to immediately seek medical attention if they experience symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, non-specific symptoms of muscle pain, calf-muscle pain and reddish eyes in some cases.
Severe cases may result in liver involvement, kidney failure, brain involvement thus, some cases may have yellowish body discoloration, dark-colored urine and light stools, low urine output and severe headache, said the city information office.
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