Flooding in Manila (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA – The Philippines has logged 1,770 leptospirosis cases for the first eight months this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

In a Viber message to reporters, the DOH said data from Jan. 1 to Aug. 27 translates to a 36 percent increase from 1,299 cases in the same period last year.

A total of 244 deaths due to leptospirosis were reported nationwide, the most number of cases reported in July with 54; 14 in January; 11 in February; 23 in March; 32 in April; 29 in May; 29 in June; and 52 in August.

Most of the cases were reported in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 378 or 21 percent; Western Visayas, 210 or 12 percent; and Cagayan Valley, 195 or 11 percent.

From July 31 to Aug. 27, about 327 cases were recorded, 112 or 34 percent of which were from the NCR; 31 or 9 percent from Davao; and 29 or 9 percent from Western Visayas.

Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Davao Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region breached the alert and epidemic threshold within the past four morbidity weeks, the DOH said.

No clustering of leptospirosis cases nationwide was detected, the DOH said. (PNA)