Deadly leptospirosis outbreak after flooding in Olongapo City, Philippines

There have been 5 deaths and 125 cases of leptospirosis recorded in Olongapo after heavy rains and severe flooding hit the city in the past weeks. Leptospirosis is acquired through skin exposure (especially if there are open wounds) to water or damp soil that has been contaminated by an infected animal's urine. For travellers, this exposure may occur when in contact with flood waters when the risk of acquiring leptospirosis is highest after a period of heavy rainfall. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to leptospirosis during floods or heavy rainfall by avoiding contact with flood waters, e.g., wearing waterproof boots and other protective clothing.

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