Typhoon Saola leaves stagnant pools of water in Philippines with risk of leptospirosis (warning)

In the aftermath of typhoon Saola, there are many pools of stagnant water and piles of rubbish in Manila and elsewhere. Flood waters can result in a high risk of exposure to leptospirosis.

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 usually occurs through recreational water activities, like whitewater rafting, swimming, kayaking or during floods. The risk of acquiring leptospirosis is higher after a period of heavy rainfall or flooding.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Leptospirosis.

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