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Health officials in the Philippines reports a 135 percent increase in leptospirosis cases year to date, according to the latest data from the Epidemiology Bureau.

From January 1 to April 8, 1,152 leptospirosis cases have been reported nationally, up from 490 cases during the same period last year.

15 of the country’s 17 regions have reported increases in cases with the Western Visayas reporting the most with 231, followed by the Cagayan Valley region with 160 cases.

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The MIMAROPA region has reported the largest increase as a percentage (1025%) followed by Zamboanga Peninsula (988%).

Officials have reported 113 leptospirosis deaths through April 8 this year, up from 69 reported during the same period in 2022.

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