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DOH warns against W.I.L.D diseases on rainy days


With the onset of the rainy season, the Department of Health IX (DOH IX) advices the public to be on guard against Waterborne diseases, Influenza, Leptospirosis and Dengue, or W.I.L.D. which are extremely prevalent during rainy season.

"These are the usual diseases that we [have] to watch out for during rainy season,” DOH Medical Officer III, Local Health Systems Cluster Head, Dr. Rachela B. Lego said in an interview.

Dr.Lego advised the public to 1.) Make sure water is potable. 2.) Maintain strong immune system. 3.) Avoid wading in flood waters. 4.) Reduce open collections of water, to avoid possible outbreak of the diseases.

In relation to this, Dr. Lego likewise reiterated the importance of hand washing as one of the best ways to get rid of the diseases, adding that cleanliness should be given much importance because proper hygiene and sanitation are the best measures to prevent sickness.

Waterborne diseases are commonly caused by pathogenic microorganisms that are usually transmitted in contaminated fresh water. Infection commonly results during bathing, washing, drinking, in the preparation of food, or the consumption of food.

Influenza, on the other hand, which is commonly called the flu, is a highly contagious illness that can occur in children or adults of any age. The flu is spread easily from person to person by coughing, sneezing, or touching surfaces.

Another W.I.L.D. disease is leptospirosis, which is most common in high temperate and tropical climates like the Philippines. This is reportedly caused by a bacteria (Leptospira interrogans) that produce a wide range of symptoms and may occur in phases. Some patients may develop kidney or liver failure, respiratory failure, meningitis, or even death.

Last on the list is dengue fever. A disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), and rashes.

Meanwhile, Lego said that DOH IX continues to monitor for any increase in the number of WILD diseases following the declaration of PAGASA the start of the wet season.(KIKAY DONGALLO)

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