1/1/12: Leptospirosis Outbreak

The start of 2011 should be a good one as the Typhoon Sendong had finally left the City of Cagayan de Oro. Though a lot of houses were destroyed, homes broken, missing people still missing and the death of a terribly huge number of people, the good thing is hope still remained in each and everyone.

It was the only thing they hold on during the last days of the year 2011 hoping that during the start of the New Year, everyone can be back on track.

However, on January 1, 2012, never did they expect that the start of a new year would still be another chapter of Typhoon Sendong flipping their lives up to the last page of it, DEATH.


As nurses, we are all aware of the different outbreaks of diseases but this is my first time to actually encounter it in our own City, CDO—A declaration of Leptospirosis outbreak.

From the news, a total of 5 deaths already have been reported while the remaining 200 are diagnosed with Leptospirosis.

Do we allow ourselves to just continue flipping until we reach the end page? Here is what you should know and what you should do.


Signs and Symptoms of Leptospirosis you should keep watch:

–          Fever

–          Chills

–          Headaches, body pains and joint pains

–          Red eye (to some)

–          Yellowish eyes and skin

–          Brownish urine

–          Oliguria (decreased amount or output of urine)

–          Severe Headache

But if you are one of the people who:

–          Has open wound and has come in contact with the flood water

–          Has no open wound but still came in contact the flood water

–          Has taken a bath in the flood water (for those living near the river)

–          Helped in rescuing the people

You are a candidate of Leptospirosis so the first thing to do is to go to the nearest health center or hospital for a consultation.

Act now before Leptospirosis can end your life!