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TACLOBAN CITY - Health authorities here are keeping a close watch over cases of leptospirosis and tetanus, after noting at least four deaths from these two conditions following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Dr. Paula Sydiongco, Department of Health assistant regional director for Eastern Visayas, told an inter-agency meeting here they have stocked enough medicines to address these diseases.
"May two deaths na tayo of leptospirosis. Kung may people exposed sa floodwaters, please come to our clinic. We have provided propylaxis for leptospirosis, ang namatay na-expose talaga (We already recorded two deaths due to leptospirosis. If there are people exposed to floodwaters, please come to our clinic. We have provided propylaxis for leptospirosis especially since those who died had been exposed to floodwaters)," she said.
She also warned of the danger of diarrhea among residents in affected areas.
While floods from Yolanda's rains have subsided, rainshowers had fallen over Tacloban City in past days.
Sydiongco also said at least two more had died from tetanus, an infection likely caused by exposure to potentially deadly bacteria.
She did not give further information about the four fatalities but indicated they were most likely from this city.
One of the tetanus cases had been airlifted to a hospital in Metro Manila, she added.
Also, Sydiongco showed their records indicate acute respiratory illnesses topped the causes of disease among children less than five years old. Others on the list included fever, wounds and diarrhea. — ELR, GMA News