Being a Fraternity composed of doctors and medical students from the UP College of Medicine, the Phi Kappa Mu recognizes the potential health impact of the heavy raining and consequent flooding brought about recently by Typhoon Maring (international codename: "Trami"). Of the many possible diseases that may be contracted, leptospirosis figures to be one of the most lethal yet potentially preventable etiologies.

Leptospirosis is a disease that is endemic in the Philippines usually occurring during the rainy months of July to October which causes an average of 680 cases and 40 deaths yearly (PSMID, 2010). This disease is acquired through exposure to urine of infected animals (most commonly rats). Clinical symptoms include high grade fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle (usually calf) pain, jaundice, anorexia, skin rashes and diarrhea. Known complications include involvement of the brain, kidney, lungs and liver which, if untreated, may potentially lead to death.

The following is a poster containing a concise yet comprehensive discussion of leptospirosis -- from its cause, symptoms, complications and steps to take when one gets exposed to infected water discover here. You may download this to your computer or any handheld device, or print and post at your homes for future reference.

Let us all avoid and fight leptospirosis!

(Please click image for a high resolution copy.)

Sources:

Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Leptospirosis Guidelines 2010

World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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