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The Philippines Department of Health (DOH reports a total of 3,728 cases of leptospirosis nationwide through September 2, a 70 percent increase compared to the same time in 2022.

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Of this total, officials say 87 percent of the leptospirosis cases were reported in males, particularly those who are 20 to 49 years old or those who go out to work (farming, etc).

Six regions–the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), National Capital Region, Ilocos Region, Region 4-A (Calabarzon), Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Davao Region have reported an increase in cases this yera.

DOH Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea de Guzman said  the increase in cases started middle of July along with the entry of a number of storms in the country.