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14 ang natodas! Iloilo records 222 leptospirosis cases

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At least 222 cases of leptospirosis were recorded in Iloilo province from Jan. 1 to Dec. 22 last year, the Provincial Health Office said.

PHO head Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado said their records showed 14 of these cases were fatal.

She noted many of the cases involved persons who had regular contact with water like farmers.

Most cases were recorded in municipalities with abundant rice fields, she added.

Oton topped the list of cases with 39, including three deaths. Following it was Cabatuan town with 26 cases and one death; Santa Barbara with 25 cases with two deaths; Alimodian with 19 cases with two deaths; and Maasin with 14 cases.

Leptospirosis is usually spread by rats. Bacteria enter humans through open wounds and skin cuts when they wade through contaminated water.