CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

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

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program