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Leptospirosis downs 4 QC residents

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Four residents have died in Quezon City due to leptospirosis.

Mayor Joy Belmonte urged QC citizens to observe preventive measures to fight leptospirosis as well as dengue infection amid the rainy season.

Those who died were from barangays Payatas, Old Balara, Pasong Tamo and Talipapa from Jan. 1 to June 24.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by contact with water contaminated by rat urine. The Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit reported 1,160 cases of dengue from Jan. 1 to June 24 with Barangay Tatalon being the highest number of cases in the city.

The city tallied a total of 32 leptospirosis during the same period.

Belmonte said citizens must seek consultation in the nearest hospital or health center if they are experiencing leptospirosis symptoms, such as high fever, red eyes, abdominal pain, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and yellowed skin or eyes.

“In order to make our community safe from dengue and leptospirosis, let us start with protecting our families by cleaning our surroundings and making sure that preventive measures are in place,” she added.

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