Bacolod logs 85% drop in leptospirosis cases 

The sustained prevention and control campaign has brought down leptospirosis cases in Bacolod  by 85.4 percent in the first seven months of 2024. 

Data from the City Health Office (CHO) on Wednesday, July 10 showed that from January 1 to June 29 this year, only seven cases, including two deaths, were reported compared to 48 cases, with five deaths, during the same period last year. 

“There are no barangays with clustering of cases,” Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environment Sanitation Division, said in the report. 

Barangays Pahanocoy, Felisa, Alijis, Punta Taytay, Vista Alegre, Mansilingan, and Mandalagan have one case each. 

The two mortalities, two males in their 30’s, were reported in Pahanocoy and Punta Taytay. 

Tan said the most common reasons for complications and death are delayed health-seeking behavior and denial of infection. 

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the leptospira spirochetes bacteria contracted through the urine of infected animals, especially rats. 

Exposure to flood waters can cause infection, especially in those with cuts, wounds, or abrasions on their skin. 

The CHO encouraged adults and children to take leptospirosis prophylaxis, as soon as possible following exposure or wading or contact with possibly contaminated water or ground and consult immediately at the nearest health center or private medical doctor.*PNA 

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