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4 Rainy Day Illnesses to Watch Out For

The rainy season has officially started. While it’s a nice change from the warm temperatures of summer, it also has certain dangers that come in the form of diseases. With the rainy season upon us, plus the possibility of a La Niña event occurring later this year, the public is urged to be careful with diseases that are common during the rainy season. The Department of Health warns of common rainy season illnesses known as WILD: Water-borne diseases, Influenza, Leptospirosis, and Dengue. Take note of common illnesses this season and how to prevent them:

1. Dengue

Dengue is transmitted through the bite of an Aedes mosquito and is common ni tropical countries like the Philippines. Dengue fever mainly affects children and is potentially fatal.

How to prevent Dengue:

  • Clean gutters so that rainwater will not turn into a breeding place of mosquitoes.

  • Clean out all water containers once a week, including flower vases, pots, and drums.

  • Throw away unused bottles, jars and other items that can hold water.

2. Influenza

Commonly known as the flu, influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. It is transmitted through contact with an infected person, like when they sneeze or cough.

How to prevent influenza:

  • Get your annual flu vaccine

  • Avoid crowded places.

  • Minimize contact with infected persons

  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing

  • Wash hands frequently

3. Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is transmitted when urine or feces of infected animals such as rats contaminated the soil, water and vegetation. A person may get leptospirosis when open wounds, broken skin, or when eyes, nose, mouth and sinuses, come in contact with contaminated water.

How to prevent leptospirosis:

  • Avoid wading in flood water.

  • Drain water that may be contaminated.

  • Keep your surroundings clean.

  • Control any rodents in the household with rat poison or traps.

4. Hepatitis A

It is a virus that is usually transferred through the ingestion of food contaminated with urine or human waste of those already infected with Hepatitis A.

How to prevent Hepatitis A

  • Wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet, before preparing food, and before meals.

  • Make sure to cook shellfish like crabs and clams thoroughly.

  • Practice safe handling and storage of food and water.



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