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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DOH notes 616 suspected lepstospirosis cases in region 10

by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 31 (PIA) Ė A total of 616 suspected Leptospirosis cases have been recorded in region 10 as of Jan. 13, this year.

Reports reaching the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of region 10 from the Health Cluster of the Post Sendong Operations, show that the municipalities/cities with the most suspected cases were Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and the municipalities of Opol, Tagoloan and Villanueva, all of Misamis Oriental.

Cagayan de Oro City has 411 suspected leptospirosis cases with 11 deaths and the top 10 barangays where these cases were reported are as follows:

Balulang, 74, Macasandig, 58, Carmen, 48, Iponan, 35, Consolacion, 30, Kauswagan, 26, Bulua, 23, Puntod, 15, Poblacion Barangy No. 15, 11 and Nazareth, 10.

Iligan City has 163 suspected cases with seven deaths and the top 10 barangays where these cases were reported are:

Hinaplanon, 41, Poblacion, 20, Tambacan, 16, Mahayhay, 14, Santiago, 12, Tubod, 12, Bag-ong Silang, 9, Palao, 9, Ubaldo Laya, 9, and San Miguel, 3.

Opol town in Misamis Oriental also noted 33 suspected leptospirosis cases with two deaths and the barangays where these cases were reported are: Barra, 26, Igpit, 5, and Bonbon and Carmen, one each.

Tagoloan town, Mis. Or. noted six suspected leptospirosis cases with one death while Villanueva town, also of Mis. Or. reported three suspected leptospirosis cases but no deaths.

Meanwhile, Dr. Jaime Bernadas, Regional Director of the Department of Health (DOH) region 10, and Head of the Health Cluster of the Post Sendong Operations, said the leptospirosis immunization/prophylaxis to Sendong victims continues.

As of Jan. 23 this year, a total of 5,976 Doxycycline tablets were given to the Sendong victims.

Dr. David Mendoza, Head of the DOH-10 Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, also said a total of 12,955 tetanus toxoid, 1,051 OPV, 1,857 MV/AMV and 1,066 Vitamin A tablets were given to the victims. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)

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