CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, Jan. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Health (DOH) Mimaropa has intensified its campaign to prevent spread of leptospirosis to residents whose areas were recently flooded due to possible infections they may get from the urine of infected animals.
In Oriental Mindoro alone, it was confirmed that four leptospirosis cases were found positive based on the specimens submitted recently to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for validation.
According to the RITM, the four cases that are tested positive were two from Sta. Rosa I, Baco, and one from Brgy. Poblacion, Baco and another one from Brgy. Calsapa, San Teodoro. All of them were males ranging 16-38 years of age.
Further, according to DOH Mimaropa Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU), from December 27, 2015 to January 12, 2016, there are now a total of 58 reported suspected leptospirosis in Mindoro with 30 males (52%) and 28 females (48%) whose ages ranged from six to 76 years old. Four deaths have been reported by DOH as to date.
Meanwhile, DOH Mimaropa Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said they are conducting strict monitoring in different areas to stop the increasing leptospirosis cases in the province. In fact, the RESU, Provincial DOH Office and Provincial Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (PESU) continue to conduct mentoring to staff of rural health units on the management of cases and further case finding to prevent the spread of cases in the community.
Janairo said that most of the suspected leptospirosis cases have already recovered while the others are still undergoing treatment. “We advise residents to take precautionary measures such taking doxycycline tablets before wading to rice-paddies as waters may be contaminated by urine from infected animals,” Janairo said.
Likewise, Janairo assured Mindoreños that they will continue to provide technical assistance to LGUs in the province of Oriental Mindoro. DOH is providing additional prophylaxis in areas with positive cases and supplementary doxycycline capsules and these are distributed to evacuation centers to prevent them from contracting leptospirosis disease. (DOH-Mimaropa/LTC/PIA-Calapan)