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  • Philippines: 12 die in respiratory disease outbreak in two highland villages

    Source: http://thestandard.com.ph/news/-prov...outbreak-.html

    12 die in mysterious ‘outbreak’
    posted October 27, 2016 at 12:01 am by
    Robert A. Evora

    CALAPAN CITY—Twelve Mangyan natives have died from an unknown respiratory disease that swept across two highland villages in nearby Baco municipality over the weekend, a tribal leader said.

    “Our brother Mangyans have already abandoned their homes and moved to safer grounds for fear that they may also be afflicted by the mysterious disease,” said Alejandro Pablo, 67, an Alangan Mangyan tribal leader.

    Pablo said 12 natives, including three children, have died from the outbreak that started Friday.

    He also expressed fears that more Mangyans in those mountain villages would die as “six more sick mountain dwellers were showing same symptoms.”...

    ...Marlon Roldan, chairman of a religious non-government organization called Hands of Love Philippines, said the sickness may be broncho-pneumonia or diphtheria which is a serious bacterial infection that affects the mucous membranes of the throat and nose...
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