What comes with the onset of the rainy season? For those who feel nostalgic, the rainy season reminds us of fond childhood memories of looking outside the window, longing to play in the rain. During the days when Internet and mobile games were not as prominent, cancelled classes due to bad weather are reminiscent to waiting for the glorious pairing of champorado and tuyo. But what else should we remember during this season? We should never forget about the rainy season diseases.
Oftentimes, we may forget that the rainy season also marks the increase in cases of diseases common during the rainy days. According to the Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health (DOH), we may look out for these communicable diseases by remembering the WILD acronym. This stands for:
Water-born infectious diseases are those that could be transmitted by ingestion of contaminated food or water. These may include diarrheal diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, or those caused by bacteria like salmonella and shigella.
Influenza, commonly known as flu, could be caused by any of the types A, B, or C influenza virus. The virus can be transmitted through droplets that enter the body through the nose or mouth, or by touching contaminated objects and touching these body parts shortly after. Its symptoms include cold-like manifestations, fever, and body and muscle pain.
The third one, leptospirosis, is a disease caused by microorganisms that are carried by wild of domestic animals. The most common way that humans get leptospirosis is when they come in contact with water or soil contaminated with the urine of infected animals. If in doubt about any recent contact with floodwater, one should watch out for the following symptoms: high fever, muscular/abdominal pain, headaches, nausea and vomiting, red eyes, among others.
Dengue, one of the diseases that Filipinos are highly familiar with, is a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquito bites. This species dwell and breed mostly in stagnant water. Dengue symptoms include recurring fever and body aches.
As we usually say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are a few preventive measures to keep you and your family safe from the common rainy day diseases:
Lastly, always stay ahead of the weather so you can prepare for unlikely events such as heavy and continuous rains. Download the WeatherPhilippines mobile app today and get the latest weather reading and forecast on the palm of your hands. Stay safe by being #WeatherWiser!