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Philippine city pays bounty for rats

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A Philippine city is offering bounties for dead rats in an effort to prevent a repeat of a deadly epidemic spread by rodent urine, an official said Wednesday. 

Olongapo city residents are being paid 10 pesos ($0.23) for each adult rat captured and killed, and five pesos for juveniles, to battle the bacterial disease leptospirosis, city health administrator Jaime Alcano said.

Olongapo mayor Rolen Paulino came up with the idea for the anti-rodent campaign, which Mr Alcano said has no known precedents in the Philippines, as a public-relations exercise to educate people about the disease.

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