Olongapo leptospirosis toll climbs to 8


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(UPDATED) The toll from the leptospirosis outbreak rose by 2

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The death toll from the leptospirosis outbreak in Olongapo City has climbed to 8 Thursday, October 10 while 300 have been infected.

The outbreak of the disease, caused by bacteria from rat excrements, started after heavy flooding devastated the city in the past week.

The toll rose by 2 from Wednesday’s (October 9) count of 6.

Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag is on his way to the city to oversee the response to the outbreak.

On Tuesday, October 8, the Philippine Red Cross said they are helping the city cope with the influx of patients to their hospitals.

Last September 23, flooding in Olongapo reached historic proportions, affecting 16 out of 17 villages. – With reports from Randy V. Datu/Rappler.com

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