Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonotic disease caused by the corkscrew shaped organism, Leptospira. It goes by several other names depending on the locale; mud fever, swamp fever, sugar cane and Fort Bragg fever, among others. It is a disease of both humans and animals.
On July 5th, the Philippines Department of Health declared a leptospirosis outbreak in the Metro Manila with a recent increase in cases of the serious bacterial disease.
Executive Vice President of the University of the Philippines, Ted Herbosa, MD joined me today for an update on the outbreak situation.
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- Animal Viruses and Humans: A discussion with author, Dr Warren Andiman
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- U.S. Embassy Manila issues health alert: Measles in the Philippines
- Philippines: January is Schistosomiasis Awareness month
- Philippines: 12 million people at risk for schistosomiasis, a major neglected tropical disease
- Philippines: UST ‘Microbiology Society’ recognized by ASM
- Philippines commits to ending Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2030
Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden