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Weekly leptospirosis cases increased compared to the prior five years: DOH

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With the exception of 2019, this year has seen a weekly increase in leptospirosis incidence, with the nation reporting 2,560 infections from January through November. 2, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Alethea de Guzman, Director of the Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau, stated in an online forum that the most recent total represents a 66 percent increase from 1,546 instances during the same time period in 2017.

Leptospirosis, which has a peak incidence during the rainy season, has been linked to a total of 3,454 deaths nationwide. Adults between the ages of 25 and 29 make up about 13% (337 cases), whereas men make up about 88 percent (2,260 cases).

“Sa ngayon, after ng peak nitong mga Agosto, nakikita natin na pababa ‘yung mga kaso pero titingnan natin normal naman hindi national no. After the peak [of cases] this August, leptospirosis cases are on a downtrend, and we don’t see a sudden increase nationally; instead, we only see it in areas affected by typhoons and floods, according to de Guzman. “Nakakita tayo ng biglaang pagtaas nito nationally, posibleng ang leptospirosis cases natin ay sa selected

In August 2018, the National Capital Region had a rise in leptospirosis cases as a result of heavy rainfall.

For the past four morbidity weeks, the Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have all crossed the epidemic threshold.

The provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Laguna, Rizal, Cebu, Bukidnon, and the cities of Davao, Caloocan, Pasay, and Valenzuela all experienced positive growth rates in the last three to four weeks.

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