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    PIA Press Release
    Monday, February 14, 2011


    Alerts on for cholera, diarrhea cases - DOH8
    TACLOBAN CITY Leyte, February 14 (PIA) – The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas has alerted the public on water and food borne diseases that normally comes during flooding and rainy weather.

    Mr. Boyd Cerro, Sentinel Nurse of the DOH 8 confirmed that 19 cholera cases were reported in Talalora, Samar; while 111 diarrhea cases were reported in San Ricardo, Southern Leyte.

    Of the three people who were admitted at the EV Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City, two were found positive for cholera, Mr. Cerro said.


    A DOH Central Office personnel went to Talalora and collected six water samples and these were found positive of cholera.


    Based on the investigation conducted by the DOH, the disease could have spread in Barangay Tatabunan, an island village of Talalora town due to a contaminated spring which is the main source of drinking water of the village’s 1,155 residents.


    Mr. Cerro said that the outbreak of cholera in the village was first detected on the last week of January but the situation has been contained as the DOH provided medicines and intravenous fluids.


    The DOH official called on the residents to boil their water before drinking to ensure that the same is safe for drinking.


    Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by an infection with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, in the intestines. While the disease is treatable it could lead to death if not treated early. The victims show symptoms as watery diarrhea, vomiting and muscle pains.


    Meanwhile, two barangays in San Ricardo, Southern Leyte reported about 111 cases of diarrhea. The 28 cases admitted in the hospital were found positive of amoebiasis. However, the DOH in the Region believes that there are other infections because the victims were dehydrated.


    Five rectal samples have been sent to Manila for confirmation of the infection and the DOH is still waiting for the result, Mr. Cerro added.

    The health officials in the region have earlier announced that they are anticipating the occurrence of water-borne diseases due to the relentless rains. Among these diseases are cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery and leptospirosis.


    The DOH reminded the public to maintain proper hygiene. Poor hygiene is a major cause of the problem that waterborne diseases represents, and is the main culprit in the transfer of parasites like giardia and hookworms. Always thoroughly wash your hands with warm soap and water after using the bathroom, and try to refrain from drinking from containers that belong to other people.


    Another way of preventing water-borne diseases is to keep fecal matter away from drinking water. Farm animals like cows and pigs often defecate near water that runs off or floods into villages and small towns. This contaminated water can contain highly dangerous parasites that can cause diarrhea and hepatitis in humans.


    A good way to cut down on the fecal transfer between drinking water and animal fecal matter is to keep animals far away from water that could possibly be used by humans. (PIA 8)
    http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=16977
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    Re: Philippines: Alerts on for cholera, diarrhea cases

    Dirty water blamed for Palawan deaths
    abs-cbnNEWS.com
    Posted at 04/10/2011 6:20 PM | Updated as of 04/10/2011 6:20 PM


    PALAWAN, Philippines – Dirty water has been blamed for deaths of 20 people in Bataraza town in Palawan province.

    A Department of Health (DOH) study showed that the water used by villagers in Sitio Linao, Barangay Colandanum, tested positive for E. coli bacteria.

    DOH tests also identified cholera as the illness of 3 Palao-an natives who were suffering from diarrhea like the other victims.

    Dr. Eduardo Cruz, provincial health officer of Palawan, said more than 300 people have fallen ill in the community

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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/re...palawan-deaths
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      Re: Philippines: Alerts on for cholera, diarrhea cases

      DoH declares cholera outbreak in Palawan town


      By Jocelyn Uy
      Philippine Daily Inquirer
      First Posted 17:09:00 04/13/2011

      Filed Under: Philippines - Regions, Health


      MANILA, Philippines—Health officials have declared a cholera outbreak in Bataraza town in Palawan following the death of nearly 20 people, mostly children belonging to a tribe, due to diarrhea and vomiting.

      The outbreak actually began weeks ago but was officially declared late Tuesday after the Department of Health recorded an "unusually high" number of diarrhea cases in 17 out of the 22 barangays (villages) of Bataraza that was traced to contaminated water, said Dr. Manuel Mapue of the DoH National Epidemiology Center-Applied Public Health Division.

      "We declared a cholera outbreak in the entire town since only five of the 22 barangays do not have cases of diarrhea," said Mapue, who was sent to Palawan to assess the situation in the area.

      The health agency has already monitored at least 430 diarrhea cases in the town, killing at least 19 people from March 1 to April 12. Tests showed that majority of the patients were positive for vibrio cholerae, a bacterium which causes cholera in humans, reported Mapue.

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      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...n-Palawan-town
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        Re: Philippines: Cholera outbreak in Palawan, 19 fatalities

        More on the Palawan outbreak : http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/sho...410#post404410

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          Re: Philippines: Cholera outbreak in Palawan, 19 fatalities

          Cholera hits Palawan town
          By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) Updated April 14, 2011 04:17 PM


          MANILA, Philippines— The regional office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Palawan will help in controlling the cholera outbreak which resulted to the death of at least 30 persons in the province.

          This after DILG chief Jesse Robredo directed Region IV-B (Mimaropa) office head Rolando Calabazaron to help in the efforts to contain the health problem.

          Citing reports from the Department of Health (DOH), Robredo said the main causes of the outbreak are drinking “contaminated or unclean” water as well as the “poor sanitation practices” of residents in the area.

          ...

          http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx...CategoryId=200
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            Re: Philippines: Cholera outbreak in Palawan, 19 fatalities

            PIA Press Release
            Saturday, April 16, 2011


            DILG to help control cholera outbreak in Palawan
            MANILA, April 16 (PIA) -- Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the regional office of DILG in Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) to assist in controlling the cholera outbreak in the Municipality of Bataraza in Palawan.

            Robredo issued the directive to DILG Regional Director Rolando Calabazaron.


            At least 30 persons, mostly children, died in the southernmost town in the main island of Palawan after contracting cholera.


            Reports obtained from the Department of Health (DOH), revealed that the main causes of the outbreak are drinking “contaminated or unclean” water as well as the “poor sanitation practices” of residents in the area.


            Robredo ordered DILG-MIMAROPA to help the local government of Bataraza in ensuring adequate supply of potable water to the affected communities.


            The DILG chief also urged the local officials of Bataraza to mobilize municipal health workers.

            “Aside from attending to the needs of the victims of the cholera outbreak, their tasks include conducting cleanliness and sanitation campaign in their communities,” said Robredo.


            He also directed the regional office to take steps in implementing the “Enhancing the Access to and Provision of Water Services to the Poor Program” of the DILG that should address the water sanitation problem of Bataraza town. (DILG/RJB/JCP/PIA-NCR)
            http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=27904
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            • #7
              Re: Philippines: Cholera outbreak in Palawan, 30+ fatalities

              Diarrhea outbreak in Palawan now under control
              (philstar.com) Updated April 28, 2011 04:06 PM Comments (0)


              PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) announced Thursday that the diarrhea outbreak in the village of Culandanum in Bataraza town in Palawan is now under its control and management.

              Dr. Louie Ocampo, chief of the Monitoring and Planning Division of the PHO, said the outbreak that has earlier threatened to spread in the town’s 22 villages has been placed under control.

              Around 668 diarrhea cases were recorded in Bataraza, out of which more than 20 died. Ocampo said Dr. Eduardo Cruz, the OIC of the PHO, and his team is still in the town for the distribution of containers where clean drinking water can be stored from a potable source in Barangay Rio Tuba.

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              http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx...CategoryId=200
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