Published On: Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013

Philippines: Health officials verifying deaths due to tetanus and leptospirosis

Reports of deaths due to infectious diseases are now being confirmed as Assistant Health Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag tweeted that fatalities due to tetanus and leptospirosis is confirmed on Thursday.

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In a string of tweets yesterday, Dr Tayag gave numerous updates:

“All wounds sustained in #YolandaPH shd be considered #tetanus prone All patients should get both anti tetanus serum plus tetanus toxoid”

Related story: Philippines DOH warns of tetanus risk during Holy Week

#tetanus symptoms appear as early as 3 days after the injury Symptoms include lock jaw, difficulty swallowing and seizures #YolandaPH

“The risk of dying from #tetanus increases if symptoms appear within the week after the injury #YolandaPH

#DOH and #WHO adds #polio in mass vaccination to prevent outbreaks that may result from reentry of wild polio virus #YolandaPH

“Two #leptospirosis patients verified One 22 yo fr #tacloban n One 58 yo fr Palo Patient fr Palo died #YolandaPh

“Four #tetanus cases verified All males Age ranged fr 19 yo to 60 yo One came fr #tolosa the rest fr #Tacloban All Alive #YolandaPH

Related story:  Philippines DOH Sec. Ona: ‘Risk for diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, leptospirosis and influenza outbreaks remain high’


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