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Death toll from rat fever reaches 15 in storm-stricken S Philippines

01-05-2012 14:54 BJT

COTABATO CITY, Philippines, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Death toll from the rat fever outbreak that struck flood-hit areas in southern Philippines reached 15 while hundreds were infected, local health officials said Thursday.

Of the total deaths, eight were recorded in the flood affected city of Cagayan de Oro while seven in Iligan City. At least 314 people were infected and confined in hospitals.

Epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya of Cagayan de Oro said they have vaccinated all residents staying in evacuation centers after those residents were displaced by the recent tropical storm Washi.

Health authorities on Monday declared an outbreak of the deadly rat fever leptospirosis, a fatal animal-borne disease that can result in high fever, internal bleeding and organ failure.

The death toll from tropical storm Washi has reached 1,257 with many still believed missing. The storm brought massive rains, causing flooding in many areas in central and southern Philippines starting Dec. 16 last year.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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