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The Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) reports a 204.5 percent increase in leptospirosis cases from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2 this year compared to the same period in 2022.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 67 reported leptospirosis cases, including 12 fatalities. This compares with 22 cases and five deaths during the same period in 2022.

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.

In its advisory, the CHO encouraged both 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.

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