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Bacolod declares cholera outbreak in Barangay Alijis

Marchel P. Espina
Bacolod declares cholera outbreak in Barangay Alijis

HUNT FOR CHOLERA SOURCE. Bacolod City health officials are still trying to determine the source of cholera infections in several barangays.

Rappler

Negros Occidental now records 17 cholera cases, with the near north areas of Silay and Talisay cities and EB Magalona town having five cases each

BACOLOD, Philippines – The City Health Office (CHO) in Negros Occidental’s independently administered capital declared a cholera outbreak in Barangay Alijis on Tuesday, Octobr 25, after finding three confirmed cases in one household.

City Health Officer Ma. Carmela Gensoli, in a health advisory released Wednesday, October 26, said the increasing cases of suspected cholera infection in Barangay Alijis was causing alarm and apprehension to residents of the barangay.

Bacolod issued its alert as the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said total cases in Negros Occidental were already at 17, with the near north areas of Silay and Talisay cities and EB Magalona town having five cases each.

Victorias City and Calatrava in province’s far north have each one confirmed cholera case, said provincial health office chief Dr. Ernell Tumimbang. A week before, the province’s cholera cases stood at 12, with two deaths.

Cholera is caused by ingesting water or food that has been contaminated by the cholera bacterium, causing the infected person to suffer from severe diarrhea and vomiting, Gensoli said.

As of October 25, there were 13 cholera cases in Bacolod. These were in Barangay Alijis with three; Handumanan, Sum-ag and Granada with two each; and one each in Mansilingan, Tangub, Banago, and Barangay 40.

The CHO scrambled on October 17 to access private laboratories for the testing of water samples from deep wells, water refilling stations, and even piped-in supply.

Gensoli said they had reached out to private testing laboratories for parallel, independent, third-party tests, and to fast-track the identification of contaminated water sources. – Rappler.com

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