Bacolod: Leptospirosis prevention drive urged by SP


Bacolod City – The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod is requesting the Bacolod City Health Office, thru Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, to conduct an information dissemination and prevention drive on the health risks imposed by leptospirosis.

The resolution authored by Councilor Claudio Puentevella said that on June 2, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared that with the start of the monsoon season in the Philippines, the country is expected to experience slight to moderate rainfall during the monsoon season.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that is fatal to the human body and is spread through urine of rodents and other mammals, which may be acquired from contaminated flood, it said.

The conduct of information dissemination drive on the health risk imposed by leptospirosis and ways to prevent and mitigate the spread of the dreadful bacterial disease in the city is necessary, the resolution said.

Meanwhile, the CHO reported that as of July 8, there were 48 cases of leptospirosis in Bacolod City with five deaths. Case fatality rate is 10.4 percent.

The victims include a 69-year-old male from Taculing; 28 y.o. male from Banago; 16 y.o. male from Handumanan; 44 y.o. male from Villamonte, and 53 y.o. male from Bata. (Chrysee Semillano via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)

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