Our country is about to enter our monsoon season and with it comes the illnesses usually associated with the rainy weather. With most of our healthcare facilities dedicated to treating COVID-19 cases, it is vital for everyone to avoid hospital trips and getting exposed to the coronavirus. To keep ourselves and our family from any chances of requiring medical attention, we must do our best to prepare for these infectious diseases.
Typhoid fever is commonly caused by contaminated food and water. The damp surroundings brought by the rains make it the ideal climate for the transmission of Salmonella typhi bacteria, especially with the higher likelihood of damaged water and sewage lines and contaminated water sources. This disease can spread throughout the body and affect multiple organs. Without immediate treatment, it can cause serious complications and can be fatal.
Another disease spread through contaminated water, cholera is a bacterial infection characterized by severe diarrhea and dehydration. Communities living in areas with poor sanitary conditions are more vulnerable to the disease since the Vibrio cholerae bacteria thrive in these environment.
We get leptospirosis from exposure to animal urine, usually from rats. With floods becoming almost inevitable during our rainy months, people who are exposed to floods might be susceptible to the disease, particularly those with open wounds. Contracting leptospirosis could cause jaundice, diarrhea, and skin rashes.
Malaria is a vector-borne disease, which means that it is spread through bites from the mosquitos brought by the rains. People suffering from malaria would usually experience fever and flu-like symptoms which includes shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness.
Dengue is a seasonal disease that affects most Filipino communities. Mosquitoes that can transmit dengue usually breed in still water such as puddles and water containers. Dengue patients can experience the disease in stages, from headache and vomiting to bleeding and severe fever.
For facilities hoping to prepare for these infectious diseases, MEDTEK is offering our wide array of rapid testing kits which could provide accurate results within minutes for suspected cases. If interested, please fill out the form below.