Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases. Some infected persons, however, may have no symptoms at all. Without treatment, Leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.
Recently there has been an increasing number of leptospirosis cases in Metro Manila following the onset of the rainy season last month. Information drive about the dangers of the deadly disease is warranted.
At least 1,030 cases of leptospirosis have been recorded halfway through 2018, confirmed Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo in a recent news interview. According to Domingo, there have been 99 fatalities, an unusually high number.
Last week, Dr. Romina Danguilan, deputy director for medical education and research at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) said that they have recorded 44 cases, already breaking their 2017 count. She added that six of the fatalities they recorded resulted from lung hemorrhage.
3. Dr. Helen T. Ocdol - President, Philippine Society of Nephrology