Epidemic – Pacific ocean – west – Philippines

EDIS Number: EP-20120315-34528-PHL
Date / time: 15/03/2012 13:12:57 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Zamboanga Peninsula
Location: Tuburan
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 830 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


Typhoid fever cases in the villages of Cogon and Poblacion in the municipality of Tuburan in Cebu City have reached 830, latest count from the Department of Health (DoH) covering the period February 13 to March 11 said. “We cannot yet declare that it is already contained…it usually takes six to eight weeks before a situation like this is contained…right now, we are looking at long-term solutions,” DoH Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag said in an interview. According to Tayag, health experts have already established that water was the source of contamination in the area. “It is definite that water was the source of the outbreak. There are three levels and all of these are present in the area. First is level three, wherein the water source is present in the house. Second level is the water is present in the community and first level is they need to go somewhere to source their water,” he said. Laboratory tests confirmed that the patients have been affected by the Salmonella Typhi bacteria which are spread through contaminated food and water, poor personal hygiene and through flies.

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