Rainy Day Diseases


The rainy season started early this year, and expectedly cases of food and water-bourne diseases and other related illness rose.

One of the diseases the rainy season brought was leptospirosis where the number of cases this year were higher than that of last year’s. From January to November 2000, there was a total of 272 cases with 16 deaths compared to last year’s figure the same period of 212 cases.

Leptospirosis is caused by direct contact with contaminated urine of animals, particularly rats, while splashing, wading or swimming in floodwaters. The high number of cases of leptospirosis cases pointed to busted drainage as the culprit for increased flooding, especially in the metropolis.

Flood and water-borne diseases like diarrhea and gastro-intestinal problems have also risen. Luckily, however, cases of dengue this year were lower than last year’s.