Epidemic Hazard – Pacific ocean – west – Philippines


EDIS Number: EH-20120314-34514-PHL
Date / time: 14/03/2012 04:19:53 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Central Visayas
Location: Malabuyoc
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 11 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

After the outbreak in Tuburan, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) admitted there are three suspected typhoid fever cases in Malabuyoc District Hospital. Dr. Cristina Giango, IPHO head, said the patients showed signs and symptoms of typhoid fever. She asked the Rural Health Unit (RHU) in the town to check where these patients came from to determine if there are other similar cases in the area. But Giango said they had yet to confirm if the cases in Alegria town were indeed typhoid fever. At least 11 suspected victims ages between 5 and 18 and mostly children from barangays Legaspi and Poblacion of Alegria were brought to a local hospital after showing signs of typhoid fever. But Giango said she has not received reports from the municipal health office confirming that these were cases of typhoid fever. In Tuburan, cases have gone down as of yesterday. Giango said that there were only four patients admitted yesterday and 10 were treated at the out-patient department. There are now 46 patients confined in Tuburan District Hospital. Giango confirmed that the blood samples and stool culture taken from at least eight patients admitted at the Tuburan District Hospital yielded positive results of typhoid fever. She advised the residents to be more cautious especially in their drinking water. The typhoid outbreak in Tuburan was considered the worst in Central Visayas after almost a thousand were hospitalized and five died because of the disease.

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