15 dead due to leptospirosis in June: state kidney hospital

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Posted at Jul 01 2018 11:17 AM | Updated as of Jul 17 2019 04:52 PM

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Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection caused by contact with rodent urine, killed 15 patients in June at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), a doctor said Sunday.

The fatalities were among 102 leptospirosis patients admitted to the state hospital last month. Sixty patients remained confined there, said Dr. Luis Limchiu, Jr., chairman of the NKTI adult nephrology department.

Across the country, leptospirosis has killed at least 99 individuals in the first 6 months of the year, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said last Thursday.

Medical staff attend to Leptospirosis patients at a makeshift ward inside the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) Hospital gymnasium in Quezon City, Wednesday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Cases of leptospirosis spiked in June after floodwaters contaminated with rat urine swamped large parts of the country amid incessant rains, he said.

Fever, headache, muscle pain, jaundice, difficulty in peeing and coughing up blood are among the symptoms of leptospirosis, which may emerge up to 30 days after exposure to water contaminated with rodent urine, said Domingo.

People who wade in floods should avail themselves of antibiotic prophylaxis capsules that attack the Leptospira bacteria, Limchiu added.

DZMM, 1 July 2018