Friday, 30 August 2019 14:40

Cardinal Tagle issues Oratio Imperata for dengue fever and Leptospirosis


His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, issued on Thursday, August 29, the Oratio Imperata for dengue fever, leptospirosis, and other illness. 

The Circular 2019-37 on the Oratio Imperata for Dengue Fever and Leptospirosis states that "[b]ecause of the alarming number of those afflicted by dengue fever and leptospirosis in the country, His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle is requesting all of us to pray for the healing of those who are sick and for the protection of everyone from these and other illness.” The Circular is signed by Rev. Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila, and is addressed to all clergy and religious communities in the Archdiocese of Manila.

Written in English and Filipino, the Oratio Imperata is to be prayed after the Post‐Communion Prayer in all Masses in the Archdiocese of Manila starting Sunday, September 1.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), dengue fever is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the world. It is endemic in 100 countries and is transmitted by day-biting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. From 2012 to 2016, the number of average cases of dengue reaches up to 185,008. The number of deaths are at 732, with an average Case Fatality Rate of 39%.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by the leptospira bacteria, present in floodwater contaminated with urine of infected animals. Through the bacteria's entry in open wounds, humans acquire this fatal illness characterized mainly by inflammation and internal bleeding. From January to April this year, DOH recorded 406 cases of leptospirosis, 47 of which resulted to deaths. Given the rainy season and the rise of occurrence of floods, it is expected that the number of cases will increase in the coming months. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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